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NFL players enroll in four top business schools

120 players to take part in NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program; workshops run Feb. 27-March 1, March 6-8, April 3-5

(Feb. 22, 2006) -- Current and former NFL All-Stars Keith Bulluck of the Tennessee Titans, Isaac Bruce and Adam Timmerman of the St. Louis Rams, Sam Cowart of the Minnesota Vikings, Donnie Edwards of the San Diego Chargers, retired running back Eddie George, La'Roi Glover of the Dallas Cowboys, Sam Madison and Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins, Kevin Mawae of the New York Jets, Tony Richardson of the Kansas City Chiefs, and Troy Vincent of the Buffalo Bills are among the 120 players who have enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School, the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), the Stanford Graduate School of Business 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. Last year, in the program's first season, 66 NFL players participated at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School.

The four schools will offer executive education activities in their respective areas of expertise (see complete descriptions below). Harvard Business School and the Wharton School will hold three-day programs for players starting Feb. 27 and conduct an additional three-day session in early April. The Kellogg School of Management and Stanford Graduate School of Business will run three-day sessions beginning March 6.

Player enrollment criteria include level of education, professional business experience, interest in starting, owning, or managing a business, leadership and community involvement. Under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, players may be reimbursed up to $15,000 this year for education expenses at an accredited institution of higher learning.

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):

PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
LS Ethan AlbrightWashingtonDT Lance Legree(N.Y. Jets)
TE Eric BeverlyAtlantaTE Chad LewisPhiladelphia
LB Rocky BoimanTennesseeCB Ray MickensCleveland
LB Keith BulluckTennesseeRB Ovie MughelliBaltimore
LB Jason CarthenRetired (NE)TE Brett PierceDallas
LB Matt ChathamNew EnglandG Chester PittsHouston
RB Casey CramerCarolinaS Gerome SappIndianapolis
DE Marques DouglasSan FranciscoLS Mike ScheckBuffalo
LB Jamie Duncan(Atlanta)G Matt StinchcombTampa Bay
LB Justin EnaPhiladelphiaCB Donald StricklandPhiladelphia
CB Domonique FoxworthDenverLB Kalen ThorntonDallas
RB Eddie GeorgeRetired (TEN, DAL)G Adam TimmermanSt. Louis
DE Travis HallSan FranciscoC Ross TuckerNew England
DE Michael HaynesChicagoLB Sean TuftsCarolina
RB Robert Holcombe(Tennessee)S Troy VincentBuffalo
CB Steven IsraelRetired (SF, NE,
L.A. Rams, NO)
DE Chuck Wiley(N.Y. Giants)
RB Terry JacksonSan FranciscoS Tank WilliamsTennessee
CB Nathan JonesDallas

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

PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
G Ian AllenArizonaRB Kyle JohnsonDenver
T Ben ArchibaldNew OrleansRB Kevin JonesDetroit
T Jacob BellTennesseeG Lewis KellyN.Y. Giants
S Colin BranchCarolinaG Sean MahanTampa Bay
RB Ran CarthonSeattleC Dennis NormanJacksonville
LB Sam CowartMinnesotaT Vaughn ParkerRetired (SD, WAS)
S Donovin DariusJacksonvilleS Tony ParrishSan Francisco
TE Ben HartsockIndianapolisS Pierson PrioleauWashington
C Justin HartwigTennesseeLB Al SmithRetired (Houston)
CB Reggie HowardMiamiT Todd SteussieTampa Bay
C Scott JacksonTampa BayDE Jason TaylorMiami
LB Bradie JamesDallasS Troy VincentBuffalo
G Jeno JamesMiami

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

PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
G Chris BoberKansas CityTE Ryan NeufeldBuffalo
T Kirk ChambersClevelandWR Eric ParkerSan Diego
S Ryan ClarkWashingtonT Marcus PriceDallas
LB Donnie EdwardsSan DiegoRB Tony RichardsonKansas City
DT La'Roi GloverDallasS Marcus RobertsonRetired
(HOU/TEN; SEA)
C Drew HodgdonHoustonCB Jeff ShoateDenver
K Michael HustedRetired
(TB, OAK, WAS, KC)
LB Donnie SpraganMiami
LS Brian JenningsSan FranciscoLS Brad St. LouisCincinnati
WR Eddie KennisonKansas CityDT Craig TerrillSeattle
WR Chase LymanNew OrleansG Jeb TerryTampa Bay
C Ben LynchRetired (MIN, SF)WR Troy WaltersIndianapolis
CB Sam MadisonMiamiT Maurice WilliamsJacksonville
LB Ryan NeceTampa BayS Coy WireBuffalo

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):

PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
P Jason BakerCarolinaTE Bennie JoppruHouston
P Tommy BarnhardtRetired
(NO, WAS, CAR, TB)
T David KadelaCarolina
LS David BinnSan DiegoG Pete KendallN.Y. Jets
S Michael BoulwareSeattleT Matt LightNew England
LB Gary BrackettIndianapolisG Chris LiwienskiMinnesota
S Jack BrewerPhiladelphiaC Kevin MawaeN.Y. Jets
WR Isaac BruceSt. LouisS Marlon McCreeCarolina
G Cody CampbellIndianapolisS Jon McGrawDetroit
WR Dameane DouglasRetired (PHI)RB James MungroIndianapolis
TE Jeff DuganMinnesotaLB Hannibal NaviesCincinnati
WR Bobby EngramSeattleG Brian RimpfBaltimore
T Jason Fabini(N.Y. Jets)CB Allen RossumAtlanta
LB Ryan FowlerDallasLB Jamie SharperSeattle
T Brandon GorinNew EnglandK Matt StoverBaltimore
QB Tim HasselbeckN.Y. GiantsWR Amani ToomerN.Y. Giants
RB Chris HetheringtonSan FranciscoLB Kailee WongHouston
P Dirk JohnsonPhiladelphiaP Dave ZastudilBaltimore
DE Lance JohnstoneMinnesota

Following are brief descriptions of the executive education programs offered at each business school:

Harvard Business School (Feb. 27-March 1; April 3-5)

The HBS program emphasizes entrepreneurial opportunities and business management. Content includes financial analysis, marketing strategies, selected general business skills and legal, contractual and tax considerations. Using the case method, participants learn how to work together to resolve problems similar to the ones they face in business.

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Feb. 27-March 1; April 3-5)

The Wharton program focuses on a broad range of business topics, including financial analysis, entrepreneurship, real estate development, stock market investing, negotiation skills, risk management, and community reinvestment. Attendees work on directed as well as individual real estate, entrepreneurial and personal finance projects during the month between the program's two sessions.

The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (March 6-8)

The Kellogg program focuses on developing and selling a brand and evaluating franchise opportunities. This program provides a foundation for recognizing sound marketing plans and preparing players to ask key questions when analyzing opportunities.

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (March 6-8)

The Stanford program seeks to broaden a player's understanding of how to evaluate business opportunities in general and in the sports industry specifically. The program consists of lectures, case studies, and discussion groups to illustrate the broad opportunities in the sporting industry and other industries (including real estate, entertainment, and investment).

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