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Green Among NFL Players Enrolled In Programs At Harvard & Wharton Business Schools


NFL All-Stars AHMAN GREEN of the Green Bay Packers, DREW BREES of the San Diego Chargers, and BRIAN DAWKINS of the Philadelphia Eagles are among the 66 NFL players who have enrolled in executive education programs at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The National Football League and NFL Players Association worked with the business schools to create the curriculums.

The programs that run from April 6-8 are part of an ongoing NFL- NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Tuition will be covered by the NFL's Tuition Reimbursement Program. Veteran players may be reimbursed up to $15,000 per league year for education expenses at an accredited institution of higher learning.

In addition to Green, Brees, and Dawkins, all of whom will be participating in the workshop at the Wharton School, Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DHANI JONES and wide receiver FREDDIE MITCHELL, and Kansas City Chiefs fullback TONY RICHARDSON are among the players enrolled in the Harvard Business School workshop.

Three members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will also take part. Defensive back JE'ROD CHERRY and linebacker TED JOHNSON will participate in the workshop at Harvard Business School. Tight end CHRISTIAN FAURIA is enrolled in the Wharton School program.

As part of its custom executive education activities, Harvard Business School has developed a customized workshop targeted to the needs of NFL players interested in owning, operating or building their own businesses. The Wharton Sports Business Initiative and Wharton Executive Education have collaborated to develop a combination classroom and field-based workshop. It focuses on personal investments as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for players transitioning from their football careers. Both three-day programs run from April 6-8. The Harvard program concludes with an additional three-day session in May. The Wharton program offers follow-up with a year-long support program.

"This is one of many important steps that the union is taking to assist NFL players in their lives off the playing field," said Buffalo Bills cornerback TROY VINCENT, who is president of the NFL Players Association and will be participating in the program at the Wharton School.

"I know first hand how challenging it is to begin that second career. We are delighted that we are able to provide this additional assistance to players," added NFL Vice President of Player and Employee Development MIKE HAYNES, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who took executive education classes during his playing career.

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

DB Jason Bell, Houston

DB Jack Brewer, NY Giants

T Ray Brown, Washington

G Ruben Brown, Chicago

DB Je'Rod Cherry, (New England)

QB Todd Collins, Kansas City

RB Greg Comella, (Tampa Bay)

LB Sam Cowart, Minnesota

DE Jerry DeLoach, Houston

WR Damon Dunn, Retired (JAX, CLE, DAL, NYJ)

DE Demetric Evans, Washington

TE Kendall Gammon, Kansas City

DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Green Bay

LB Barrett Green, NY Giants

C Justin Hartwig, Tennessee

C Kevin Houser, New Orleans

LB Ted Johnson, New England

DE Lance Johnstone, Minnesota

LB Dhani Jones, Philadelphia

TE Dustin Lyman, Chicago

LB Mike Maslowski, Kansas City

WR Freddie Mitchell, Philadelphia

LB Ryan Nece, Tampa Bay

P Kyle Richardson, Denver

RB Tony Richardson, Kansas City

DB Dainon Sidney, Detroit

DB Jason Simmons, Houston

DB Pat Terrell, Retired (CAR, GB, NYJ, STL)

LB Kailee Wong, Houston

DE Renaldo Wynn, Washington

Following are the NFL players enrolled in the workshop at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (most recent team listed in parenthesis if player is a free agent):

T Willie Anderson, Cincinnati

LB Micheal Barrow, Washington

QB Drew Brees, San Diego

K Doug Brien, NY Jets

TE Mark Bruener, Houston

T Javiar Collins, Cleveland

RB Casey Cramer, Carolina

DB Brian Dawkins, Philadelphia

TE Darnell Dinkins, Baltimore

TE Christian Fauria, New England

DE Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, Oakland

RB Ahman Green, Green Bay

DB Robert Griffith, Arizona

DB William Hampton, Carolina

TE Ben Hartsock, Indianapolis

DB Terrence Holt, Detroit

RB Terry Jackson, San Francisco

T Matt Joyce, Detroit

DE N.D. Kalu, Philadelphia

QB Danny Kanell, Denver

LB Jason Kyle, Carolina

DT Steve Martin, Minnesota

DT Alvin McKinley, Cleveland

G Brandon Moore, NY Jets

LB Jim Nelson, (Indianapolis)

LB Hardy Nickerson, Retired (PIT, TB, JAX, GB)

DB Brian Russell, (Minnesota)

RB Rod Smart, Carolina

LB Takeo Spikes, Buffalo

TE Brad St. Louis, Cincinnati

DB Bobby Taylor, Seattle

LB David Thornton, (Indianapolis)

DB Troy Vincent, Buffalo

DB Dewayne Washington, (Jacksonville)

TE Roland Williams, St. Louis

DB Jimmy Wyrick, (Miami)

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