NFL PLAYERS ENROLL IN PROGRAMS AT HARVARD
AND WHARTON BUSINESS SCHOOLS
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):
|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 :
|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.