Current and Former Ravens Among 77 Enrolled at Harvard



77 Players to Take Part in

NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program 
Workshops Run February 15–19 and 16–19

DALLAS CLARK of the Indianapolis Colts and DEION BRANCH of the Seattle Seahawks are among the 77 players who have enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

The program is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.  502 players have participated in the program since its inception in 2005.

"The program offered by the Harvard Business School is a great opportunity to begin preparing for life after football, and I have heard nothing but positive things from players that have participated,” said Dallas Clark.  “It's a way to take advantage of one of the many programs the NFL and NFLPA offer, and I think to be able to receive business and leadership advice from some of the top instructors in their field will be invaluable."

The schools will offer executive education activities in their respective areas of expertise (see complete descriptions below). Harvard Business School will hold a program for players from February 15-19.  The Wharton School’s session runs from February 16-19. 

Players complete an application process in order to attend the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Enrollment criteria includes level of education; professional business experience; interest in starting, owning, or managing a business; and leadership and community involvement.

Following are the NFL players enrolled in the workshop at the Harvard Business School (most recent team listed in parentheses if player is a free agent):

Player Team   Player Team
Morten Andersen                                             Retired (NO, ATL, NYG, KC, MIN)   Spencer Johnson Buffalo Bills
Patrick Bailey Pittsburgh Steelers   Patrick Kerney                                                 Seattle Seahawks                    
Charlie Batch Pittsburgh Steelers   Spencer Larsen                                              Denver Broncos
John Carlson                                                    Seattle Seahawks   Olindo Mare                                                    Seattle Seahawks
Dallas Clark                                                     Indianapolis Colts   Corey Mays                                                    Kansas City Chiefs
Deke Cooper                                                   (Carolina Panthers)   Brandon Moore                                               New York Jets
Brad Cottam                                                    Kansas City Chiefs   Hannibal Navies                                              (San Francisco 49ers)
Billy Cundiff                                                   Baltimore Ravens   Dennis Northcutt                                            Detroit Lions
John Denney                                                   Miami Dolphins   Montell Owens                                                Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Finneran                                                 Atlanta Falcons   Jamie Silva                                                      Indianapolis Colts
Vincent Fuller                                                  Tennessee Titans   Kolby Smith                                                   Kansas City Chiefs
Dylan Gandy                                                 Detroit Lions   Le Kevin Smith                                                Denver Broncos
Jonathan Goff                                                 New York Giants   Matt Spaeth                                                      Pittsburgh Steelers
Anthony Gonzalez                                          Indianapolis Colts   Jacob Tamme                                                 Indianapolis Colts
Brandon Gorin                                                 Denver Broncos   Jason Taylor                                                    Miami Dolphins
John Hall                                                         Retired (NYJ, WAS)   Adam Terry                                                     Baltimore Ravens
Arnold Harrison II                                           (Cleveland Browns)   Josh Thomas                                                    (Indianapolis Colts)
Will Herring                                                     Seattle Seahawks   Spencer Tillman                                               Retired (TEN, SF)
Kenny Holmes                                              Retired (TEN, NYG)   Matthew Turk                                                  Houston Texans
Brian Jennings                                                 San Francisco 49ers   Madieu Williams                                              Minnesota Vikings


Following are the NFL players enrolled in the workshop at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania :

Player Team   Player Team
Mike Adams                                                    Cleveland Browns   Mark LeVoir                                                     New England Patriots
Lorenzo Alexander                                          Washington Redskins   Cullen Loeffler                                                Minnesota Vikings
Charlie Anderson                                             Miami Dolphins   Sean McHugh                                                  Pittsburgh Steelers
David Anderson                                              Houston Texans   Garrett Mills                                                     Minnesota Vikings                  
Gary Baxter                                                     Retired (BAL, CLE)   Adam Podlesh                                                 Jacksonville Jaguars
Justin Blalock                                                Atlanta Falcons   Brady Poppinga                                               Green Bay Packers
Deion Branch                                                  Seattle Seahawks   Chris Pressley                                                  Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Donald Brown                                                 Indianapolis Colts   Brett Romberg                                                 Atlanta Falcons
Copeland Bryan                                               Detroit Lions   Robert Royal Jr.                                               Cleveland Browns
Peter Clifford                                                   Tennessee Titans   Tom Santi                                                        Indianapolis Colts
Sean Considine                                               Jacksonville Jaguars   Lawrence Sidbury Jr.                                       Atlanta Falcons
Jeffrey Faine                                                   T.B. Buccaneers   Will Svitek                                                       Atlanta Falcons
James Farrior                                                   Pittsburgh Steelers   Steven Vallos                                                   Seattle Seahawks
J.P. Foschi                                              Cincinnati Bengals   Bobby Wade                                                    Kansas City Chiefs
Keyaron Fox Pittsburgh Steelers   Tyson Walter                                                   Retired (DAL, WAS, GB)
Kedric Golston                                                Washington Redskins   Eric Winston                                                    Houston Texans
Adam Koets New York Giants   Mansfield Wrotto                                             Seattle Seahawks
Matthew Lawrence                                          Baltimore Ravens   Ashton Youboty                                              Buffalo Bills
Trevor Laws                                                    Philadelphia Eagles      


Following are brief descriptions of the executive education programs offered at both business schools:

The Harvard Business School (February 15-19)

The Harvard custom program is designed to expose NFL participants to a broad array of business operations, negotiation, business plan analysis and legal aspects of business. All of these issues are pursued via the case method, in which participants study actual cases of real businesses and, in a highly interactive fashion, discuss the issues raised in the cases. The program also includes sessions focused on career issues, that allow participants to get feedback on their own strengths and weaknesses, develop a career vision, and receive small group coaching. Cases focus on real estate ventures, franchises and retail businesses, among others. The program will be delivered in a four-day module.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (February 16-19)

The Wharton custom program emphasizes entrepreneurship and business building with an emphasis on real estate. The program also includes an emphasis on analyzing financial statements, legal issues, investing and money management, social responsibility, property management, insurance and liability fundamentals, and taxation. The program will be delivered in a four-day module utilizing the case method along with group discussion and follow-up coaching/consultation. 

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