Preparing for Life Outside the Game

Four-Day Program at the Wharton School’s San Francisco Campus Includes Business Pitch Competition

Thirty-two current and former NFL players including Carolina Panthers DT DWAN EDWARDS, Indianapolis Colts TE COBY FLEENER and Cleveland Browns WR BRIAN HARTLINE -– will take part in the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program (BM&E) April 6-9 at the San Francisco campus of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. This is one of several training programs that NFL Player Engagement offers to current and former players as part of its NFL NEXT platform.

Participants will hear from Wharton faculty and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. The program will kick off with presentations from four NFL veterans who applied learnings from past BM&E programs including former NFL player and CEO and founder of Integrate JEREMY BLOOM, as well as Pro Football Hall of Fame member RONNIE LOTT, and RYAN NECE. Participants will also make site visits to Facebook, Google, and Luxe to supplement the learning experience.

The program, developed jointly by NFL Player Engagement and the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at Wharton, will cover topics including financing, operations, and business plan development. Throughout the four days, participants will work in groups to develop and deliver a business plan for the Business Pitch Competition that closes out the program.

“We will continue to stand by our players to make sure they are prepared for career opportunities long after their playing days are over,” said CHARLES WAY, Vice President of NFL Player Engagement. “This program is invaluable in providing the mentorship and business advice that will help players build their confidence, ultimately helping them succeed in the corporate world.”

“Wharton values the partnership we have with the NFL in providing this BM&E program,” said Sanya Sharma, Director of the NFL Programs at the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at Wharton. “The focus of this program is to provide players with the business acumen to be able to transition to a career in the tech industry, whether as an investor or an entrepreneur.  Our Wharton San Francisco campus is well situated to provide this focus as well as to leverage our Wharton alumni and industry contacts in the area to provide practical application to our Wharton Faculty content.”

Indianapolis Colts TE DWAYNE ALLEN and Kansas City Chiefs OLB JOSH MARTIN will provide updates throughout the program on the NFL Player Engagement blog (http://nflpe.sportsblog.com).

Following is a list of participating players.

NAME TEAM AFFILIATION(S)
Dwayne Allen Indianapolis Colts
Will Allen Free Agent
Troy Auzenne Former (IN, CHI)
Ron Bartell Former (DET, OAK, SL)
Jackie Battle Free Agent
Donald Brown San Diego Chargers
Melvin Bullitt Former (IN)
Chris Carter Cincinnati Bengals
Jeromey Clary Former (SD)
Harvey Dahl Former (ATL, SF, SL)
Dwan Edwards Carolina Panthers
Pannel Egboh Former (SF, HST, PHI, TEN, JAX)
Coby Fleener Indianapolis Colts
Brian Hartline Cleveland Browns
Andrew Hawkins Cleveland Browns
Steven Jackson Free Agent
Maurice Jones-Drew Former (JAC, OAK)
Bryan Kehl Former (KC, NYG, SL, WAS)
Matt Kopa Former (MIA, PHI)
Jason Kyle Former (CAR, CL, NO, SF, SL, STL)
Ted Larsen Arizona Cardinals
Sean Lissemore San Diego Chargers
Arthur Lynch Miami Dolphins
Josh Martin Kansas City Chiefs
Jeron Mastrud Former (CHI, MIA, OAK)
Ron Pitts Former (BUF, GB)
Greg Salas Free Agent
Austin Spitler Washington Redskins
Michael Stone Former (AZ, HOU, NE)
Will Svitek Free Agent
Julian Vandervelde Philadelphia Eagles
Sam Young Jacksonville Jaguars

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