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Posted on: Thursday, May 20, 2010

NFL: League starting career transition program


BARRY WILNER
AP Football Writer

NEW YORK The NFL has set up a career transition program for retired players that will begin next month.

A four-day course from June 7-10 at Georgia Tech will launch the program designed to help former players transition from football to the business world. The league will pay for tuition and accommodations.

Participating players will learn about personal finance; launching a new career with realistic expectations; developing a personal brand; communication skills; and the importance of health and well being.

Interested retired players must submit an application along with an essay about their goals for the program. The league hopes to accommodate 45 former players per session.

"The career transition program offers us an opportunity to broaden our relationship with the NFL to provide more services to players as they transition into their post-playing careers," NFL Alumni president George Martin said.

One player enrolled in the first session is Thomas Tapeh, a former Vikings and Eagles fullback.

"I'm looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people to help in my transition from the game," he said. "Once football is over, life goes on."