It is a set of resources, programs and services designed to provide former players with the support, skills and tools to help ensure success off the field and in life after football. We chose The Trust as the name of the program to convey what our core values are and what we stand for. We are here to serve players and earn their trust through continued interaction, relationship building, and feedback.
Discussions with players led the NFLPA to the decision to aggregate resources and create a set of programs for support – thus The Trust was developed. The name “The Trust” implies a sense of belonging – a tight-knit group of which a player is already a member. The name also aims to convey importance and exclusivity – “The” implies that it’s the one and only.
The Trust operates as a team, with each player’s success being the sole measure of our success, individually and collectively. We empower players to take charge of their health, careers, finances and growth. We find solutions not excuses. We work with players to develop their game plans and welcome their feedback along every step of the way.
All players with two or more credited seasons are eligible for The Trust. If a player has less than two credited seasons, please contact The Trust staff to determine which services can be provided.
The Trust offers a total wellness platform. Resources in such areas as health and nutrition, financial education, continuing education and entrepreneurship are beneficial, not only to you – the player – but to your family as well.
For services in our Brain and Body Pillar, The Trust has partnered with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Brain and Body Health Program, the Tulane University and Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, Cleveland Clinic and the Massachusetts General Hospital Brain and Body Program.
For the services in our Career Pillar, we have partnered with AthLife, Babson College and SCORE.
For services in our Lifestyle Pillar our partners are EXOS and The YMCA.
For services in our Financial Pillar we have partnered with Financial Finesse and Hillard Heintze.
The Gameplan is an overall, customized plan for success – it will give the player the best sense of where he is, where he should be and how to get there. Once the player participates in at least one service, his Gameplan will be initiated. The Gameplan is a combination of input from the player, the partners and The Trust staff. Each service is designed as a “key” to success for each player’s attainment.
The Trust has partnered with leading health providers around the country to provide brain and body evaluations. The Trust staff will assist players in scheduling evaluations at the facility closest to their homes.
All travel cost are paid for by The Trust, including accommodations, transportation and meals.
Our website has a lot of information available to players, including information about the Six Pillars and video testimonials. Social media interaction, articles, webinars, descriptions of resources, and other online tools can be accessed through the website. We also have a Welcome to The Trust video that provides a nice (and funny) overview of what we're about.
The Trust holds Captain's Events throughout the year in cities across the country. We have also partnered with the NFLPA Former Players Department to host regional and national events throughout the year. More information about the events can always be found here: http://playerstrust.com/events
The Trust does not replace the NFLPA Former Players department, existing benefits or the Professional Athletes Foundation. It is intended to support and enhance the benefits already provided to former players by the NFLPA.
The funding was negotiated in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFLPA and the league.
The Trust has partnered with experts in various fields to assist players. Call (202) 212-6180 – Toll Free: (866) 725-0063 – to get in touch with a staff member of The Trust and they will be able to refer you to the appropriate resources. You can also contact us via the website or send us an e-mail.