NFLPA Launches Seventh Year of Externship With #AthleteAnd Workshop

As part of its ongoing efforts to provide career service opportunities for its player members, the NFL Players Association is rolling out the seventh year of its Externship program in conjunction with the #AthleteAnd Workshop.

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NFLPA LAUNCHES SEVENTH YEAR OF EXTERNSHIP WITH #ATHLETEAND WORKSHOP

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of its ongoing efforts to provide career service opportunities for its player members, the NFL Players Association is rolling out the seventh year of its Externship program in conjunction with the #AthleteAnd Workshop.

The exclusive event allows athletes to hear from industry leaders, gain insight into how they can grow professionally and learn how to leverage the opportunities provided by their playing careers. The day-long workshop will take place Feb. 11 and feature more than 40 active and former NFL players as well as sports union officials from the MLBPA, MLSPA, NBPA and NHLPA engaging with professionals from various industries and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith through roundtable discussions, interactive learning labs and more.

“One of the messages we impress upon our player members is that they are more than just athletes and they have the power to shift the narrative by telling their story,” NFLPA Senior Player Manager Dior Ginyard said. “The #AthleteAnd Workshop is another way for them to gain confidence to define their identities beyond sports so that they can write their own endings to the phrase ‘Athlete And ___.’”

In its seventh year as the cornerstone of the players union’s career development resources, the NFLPA Externship boasts its most diverse offering of opportunities yet. A record 70 NFL players will start positions at 33 distinguished host organizations this month.

The experience is unlike any other offered to professional athletes, serving as the premier opportunity for NFL players to gain valuable, hands-on training with top organizations across the country. This year’s externs will work with businesses ranging from start-ups to established industry leaders while learning about technology, the legislative process, multimedia, engineering, athletic administration and more.

“I’ve been in the sports world most of my life, so the externship is a unique way for me to get introduced and network within this industry so that I can better determine what I’d like to pursue after football,” said Buffalo Bills fullback Patrick DiMarco, who will work with the Georgia Tech athletic department. “I’m grateful to the NFLPA and Georgia Tech for being a part of this program that allows current and former players to take advantage of these great opportunities.”

The NFLPA fielded 130 applications this winter from interested players, marking the third straight year that it has received more than 100 applicants. After applying for their top three experiences, each member of the 2020 NFLPA Externship class was interviewed and selected by organizations committed to providing insight into their line of work, engaging in impactful projects, offering feedback and developing networking opportunities.

“It’s exciting to see the externship continue to grow in a way that allows more and more of our player members to get the experience necessary to position themselves for long-term success in their post-football careers,” NFLPA Player Manager Connor Ford said.

Among the 13 new organizations featured in the 2020 program are Adfero, ByteCubed Labs, Georgia Tech Athletic Department, Madrona Venture Group, Highspot, Rover, MGM Resorts International, NASA Johnson & Kennedy Space Flight Centers, Nifty Games, University of Texas Athletic Administration, University of Virginia Athletic Department and Zebra Technologies.

The NFLPA is proud to welcome back the following organizations: ACE Media, Offices on Capitol Hill, Events DC, Everfi, Fanatics, Financial Finesse, Forbes Tate Partners, Fox Sports, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, International Justice Mission, Licensing International, Brandgenuity, NFL Players Inc., StubHub, The Players’ Tribune, United Way Worldwide, University of Georgia Athletic Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and WHOOP.

Players from 25 different NFL teams are represented in the 2020 NFLPA Externship, which runs through April 3, with the Indianapolis Colts boasting the most participants at six.

The Externship, run by the NFLPA’s Player Affairs department, is designed to assist players in realizing their potential and value beyond football through gainful, real-world experience. The program serves as one of several post-career opportunities offered by the NFLPA, all of which are built on the theme of helping players -- both active and transitioning -- find their niche and discover more of their gifts.

For more information, please visit nflpa.com/externship and follow the NFLPA on Twitter and Instagram.

Full list of 2020 NFLPA Externs and Host Organizations:


PARTNER

PLAYER

TEAM

ACE Media

John Battle

Pittsburgh Steelers

Adfero

John Wetzel

Atlanta Falcons

ByteCubed Labs

Malik Reed

Denver Broncos

Capitol Hill – Rep. Robin Kelly (Illinois)

Terrill Hanks

Miami Dolphins

Capitol Hill – Sen. Joe Manchin (West Virginia)

Patrick Laird

Miami Dolphins

Capitol Hill – Rep. Joe Morelle (New York)

Dylan Mabin

Las Vegas Raiders

Capitol Hill – Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (Ohio)

Sam Young

Free Agent

Events DC

Jermaine Carter

Carolina Panthers

LaRoy Reynolds

Cincinnati Bengals

Everfi

Briean Boddy-Calhoun

Indianapolis Colts

Fanatics

Manasseh Garner

Free Agent

Montre Hartage

Miami Dolphins

Charles Johnson

Free Agent

Kapron Lewis Moore

Free Agent

Ross Pierschbacher

Washington Redskins

David White

Dallas Cowboys

Financial Finesse

Ryan Griffin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Isaiah Johnson

Indianapolis Colts

Forbes Tate Partners

Chuma Edoga

New York Jets

FOX Sports

Bené Benwikere

Free Agent

Darius Jackson

Arizona Cardinals

Kenny Young

Los Angeles Rams

Gatorade Sports Science Institute

Cyril Grayson

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Georgia Tech Athletic Department

Rashard Fant

Free Agent

Patrick DiMarco

Buffalo Bills

International Justice Mission

Joel Heath

Denver Broncos

Brian Parker

Free Agent

Licensing International & Brandgenuity

Ian Bunting

Indianapolis Colts

Matt Kaskey

Carolina Panthers

Madrona Venture Group & Highspot

Christian Scotland-Williamson

Pittsburgh Steelers

Madrona Venture Group & Rover

Jake Eldrenkamp

Indianapolis Colts

MGM Resorts International

Aaron Wallace

Free Agent

NASA Johnson Space Flight Center

Kofi Amichia

San Francisco 49ers

Chukuemeke Egbule

Los Angeles Chargers

Trayvon Henderson

Cincinnati Bengals

Darvin Kidsy

Washington Redskins

Kenny Ladler

Washington Redskins

Ronald Ollie

Free Agent

Christopher Peace

New York Giants

Eric Smith

New York Giants

William Sweet

Arizona Cardinals

Aaron Wallace

Free Agent

John Wolford

Los Angeles Rams

NASA Kennedy Space Flight Center

Joshua Dobbs

Jacksonville Jaguars

NFLPA

Chris Manhertz

Carolina Panthers

Russell Shepard

New York Giants

NFL Players Inc.

Brian Brown

Free Agent

Nifty Games

Kofi Amichia

San Francisco 49ers

Malcolm Smith

Dallas Cowboys

StubHub

Trenton Irwin

Cincinnati Bengals

Aziz Shittu

Free Agent

Andre Smith

Carolina Panthers

Robert Turbin

Seattle Seahawks

The Players’ Tribune

Ian Bunting

Indianapolis Colts

Hakeem Butler

Arizona Cardinals

Hale Hentges

Washington Redskins

Eric Murray

Cleveland Browns

Austin Roberts

Free Agent

Jonathan Wynn

Detroit Lions

United Way Worldwide

Kenneth Acker

Free Agent

Te’Von Coney

Las Vegas Raiders

Amba Etta-Tawo

New York Giants

Linden Stephens

Miami Dolphins

Ronald Zamort

Free Agent

University of Georgia Athletic Association

Gerri Green

Indianapolis Colts

University of Texas Athletic Administration

Orson Charles

Free Agent

University of Virginia Athletic Department

DJ Coker

Free Agent

Darius Jennings

Tennessee Titans

US Chamber of Commerce

Colton Jumper

New Orleans Saints

Afolabi Laguda

Free Agent

WHOOP

Michael Davis

Los Angeles Chargers

Zachari Triner

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Zebra Technologies

Eric Lee

Free Agent


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About the NFL Players Association:

The National Football League Players Association is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the NFLPA has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. The NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected—including ceasing to be a union, if necessary, as it did in 1989. In 1993, the NFLPA again was officially recognized as the union representing the players, and negotiated a landmark Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL. The current CBA will govern the sport through the 2020 NFL season. Learn more at www.nflpa.com.