NFLPA Reaches Unprecedented Numbers in Sixth Year of Externship

66 players enrolled across 27 organizations for offseason program providing practical workplace experience

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For Immediate Release
February 18, 2019

NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION REACHES UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS IN SIXTH YEAR OF EXTERNSHIP
66 players enrolled across 27 organizations for offseason program providing practical workplace experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In its sixth year, the NFLPA Externship once again boasts record numbers as 66 players will start positions at 27 distinguished organizations this month.

With 12 new organizations joining the offseason program, the NFLPA Externship remains unlike any other opportunity offered to professional athletes. This year’s externs will work with businesses ranging from start-ups to established industry leaders while learning about the legislative process, the financial literacy space, media skills and much more.

The NFLPA fielded 123 applications this winter from interested players. After applying for their top three experiences, each member of the 2019 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.

“We are proud to provide a service for our members that allows them to gain practical experience that will go a long way in positioning them to succeed in their post-football careers,” NFLPA Player Manager Connor Ford said. “By expanding the players’ network through organizations that are committed to immersing the externs in their fields, the NFLPA Externship continues to be one of the most valued programs offered by our union.”

Among the 12 new organizations featured in the 2019 program are ACE Media, Brandgenuity, Everfi, Financial Finesse, Forbes Tate Partners, FOX Sports, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Headspace, Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), Ohio State University Athletics, UNINTERRUPTED and WeWork Labs.

The NFLPA is proud to welcome back the following organizations: Capitol Hill (various placements with members of Congress), Catapult, Complex, Events DC, Fanatics, LAPD, NFL Players Inc., StubHub, The Players’ Tribune, The Trust, Under Armour, United Way Worldwide, University of Georgia Athletic Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and WHOOP.

Players from 27 different NFL teams are represented in the 2019 NFLPA Externship, which runs through March 8, with the New York Giants boasting the most participants at seven.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of broadcasting and production,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Cameron Lynch, who is externing with FOX Sports. “The hands-on experience that I will gain through this externship will go a long way in helping me realize one of my other dreams outside of football.”

This year’s Externship features the #AthleteAnd Workshop on Tuesday, February 19 at the NFLPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. This exclusive event enables current players to hear from industry leaders as well as NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on how to grow professionally and leverage the opportunities provided by their NFL careers. By gaining confidence to define their identities beyond being a professional athlete, they can write their own endings to the phrase “Athlete And ”.

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, Facebook and Instagram.

Full list of 2019 NFLPA Externs and Host Organizations:

PARTNER

NAME

TEAM

ACE Media

Bene Benwikere

Oakland Raiders

Capitol Hill – Forbes Tate Partners

Doug Middleton

New York Jets

Capitol Hill – Office of Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky)

Austin Carr

New Orleans Saints

Capitol Hill – Office of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)

Michael Thomas

New York Giants

Capitol Hill – Office of Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri)

Ryan Hunter

Kansas City Chiefs

Capitol Hill – Placement Pending

Johnson Bademosi

Houston Texans

Catapult

Will Pericak

Free Agent

Complex

Brandon Bell

Cincinnati Bengals

Events DC

Damiere Byrd

Carolina Panthers

Chris Lacy

Detroit Lions

Everfi

Dominique Easley

Los Angeles Rams

Fanatics*

Tyrell Adams*

Houston Texans

Myles Humphrey*

New York Giants

Stansly Maponga*

Free Agent

Darrell Williams*

Free Agent

Isaiah Williams*

Free Agent

Financial Finesse

Carl Nassib

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

FOX Sports

Sebastian Joseph

Los Angeles Rams

Cam Lynch

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Manhertz

Carolina Panthers

Gatorade Sports Science Institute*

Justin Zimmer*

Atlanta Falcons

Headspace

Andre Hal

Houston Texans

Eric Lee

Detroit Lions

Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) & Brandgenuity*

Ifeanyi Momah*

Free Agent

Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)

A.J. Howard

New England Patriots

Charles Leno

Chicago Bears

Victor Salako

New York Giants

Linden Stephens

Denver Broncos

Keith Tandy

Free Agent

Malik Williams

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ronald Zamort

New York Giants

NFL Players Inc.

Austin Roberts

Los Angeles Chargers

Ohio State University Athletics

Jake McGee

Pittsburgh Steelers

StubHub

Thomas Hennessy

New York Jets

Kapron Lewis Moore

San Francisco 49ers

Ryan Malleck

Free Agent

Josiah Price

Minnesota Vikings

The Players’ Tribune

Malik Golden

Pittsburgh Steelers

Joshua Kalu

Tennessee Titans

Greg Little

Free Agent

Greg Van Roten

Carolina Panthers

The Trust

Devin Fuller

Free Agent

Under Armour

Jerome Baker

Miami Dolphins

Kyle Carter

Free Agent

Dennis Gardeck

Arizona Cardinals

Alvin Jones

Baltimore Ravens

Matt LaCosse

Denver Broncos

Afolabi Laguda

Free Agent

Ian Park

Free Agent

Brian Price

Cleveland Browns

Jeremy Ross

Free Agent

Tom Savage

Cincinnati Bengals

Christian Scotland-Williamson

Pittsburgh Steelers

B.W. Webb

New York Giants

Damon Webb

Tennessee Titans

Jordan Williams

New York Giants

Ryan Yurachek

Oakland Raiders

UNINTERRUPTED

Aziz Shittu

Dallas Cowboys

United Way Worldwide

Brandon Chubb

Carolina Panthers

Johnny Stanton

Free Agent

University of Georgia Athletic Association

Elie Bouka

Philadelphia Eagles

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Praise Martin-Oguike

Free Agent

WeWork Labs

Matt Flanagan

Washington Redskins

Tre McBride

Washington Redskins

WHOOP

K.J. Brent

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Kristjan Sokoli

New York Giants

*Started externship on Feb. 11

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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 2020.Learn more at www.nflpa.com.