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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):

Player Team Player Team
LS Ethan Albright Washington DT Lance Legree (N.Y. Jets)
TE Eric Beverly Atlanta TE Chad Lewis Philadelphia
LB Rocky Boiman Tennessee CB Ray Mickens Cleveland
LB Keith Bulluck Tennessee RB Ovie Mughelli Baltimore
LB Jason Carthen Retired (NE) TE Brett Pierce Dallas
LB Matt Chatham New England G Chester Pitts Houston
RB Casey Cramer Carolina S Gerome Sapp Indianapolis
DE Marques Douglas San Francisco LS Mike Scheck Buffalo
LB Jamie Duncan (Atlanta) G Matt Stinchcomb Tampa Bay
LB Justin Ena Philadelphia CB Donald Strickland Philadelphia
CB Domonique Foxworth Denver LB Kalen Thornton Dallas
RB Eddie George Retired (TEN, DAL) G Adam Timmerman St. Louis
DE Travis Hall San Francisco C Ross Tucker New England
DE Michael Haynes Chicago LB Sean Tufts Carolina
RB Robert Holcombe (Tennessee) S Troy Vincent Buffalo
CB Steven Israel Retired (SF, NE,
L.A. Rams, NO)
DE Chuck Wiley (N.Y. Giants)
RB Terry Jackson San Francisco S Tank Williams Tennessee
CB Nathan Jones Dallas

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):

Player Team Player Team
G Ian Allen Arizona RB Kyle Johnson Denver
T Ben Archibald New Orleans RB Kevin Jones Detroit
T Jacob Bell Tennessee G Lewis Kelly N.Y. Giants
S Colin Branch Carolina G Sean Mahan Tampa Bay
RB Ran Carthon Seattle C Dennis Norman Jacksonville
LB Sam Cowart Minnesota T Vaughn Parker Retired (SD, WAS)
S Donovin Darius Jacksonville S Tony Parrish San Francisco
TE Ben Hartsock Indianapolis S Pierson Prioleau Washington
C Justin Hartwig Tennessee LB Al Smith Retired (Houston)
CB Reggie Howard Miami T Todd Steussie Tampa Bay
C Scott Jackson Tampa Bay DE Jason Taylor Miami
LB Bradie James Dallas S Troy Vincent Buffalo
G Jeno James Miami

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):

Player Team Player Team
G Chris Bober Kansas City TE Ryan Neufeld Buffalo
T Kirk Chambers Cleveland WR Eric Parker San Diego
S Ryan Clark Washington T Marcus Price Dallas
LB Donnie Edwards San Diego RB Tony Richardson Kansas City
DT La'Roi Glover Dallas S Marcus Robertson Retired
C Drew Hodgdon Houston CB Jeff Shoate Denver
K Michael Husted Retired
LB Donnie Spragan Miami
LS Brian Jennings San Francisco LS Brad St. Louis Cincinnati
WR Eddie Kennison Kansas City DT Craig Terrill Seattle
WR Chase Lyman New Orleans G Jeb Terry Tampa Bay
C Ben Lynch Retired (MIN, SF) WR Troy Walters Indianapolis
CB Sam Madison Miami T Maurice Williams Jacksonville
LB Ryan Nece Tampa Bay S Coy Wire Buffalo

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):

Player Team Player Team
P Jason Baker Carolina TE Bennie Joppru Houston
P Tommy Barnhardt Retired
T David Kadela Carolina
LS David Binn San Diego G Pete Kendall N.Y. Jets
S Michael Boulware Seattle T Matt Light New England
LB Gary Brackett Indianapolis G Chris Liwienski Minnesota
S Jack Brewer Philadelphia C Kevin Mawae N.Y. Jets
WR Isaac Bruce St. Louis S Marlon McCree Carolina
G Cody Campbell Indianapolis S Jon McGraw Detroit
WR Dameane Douglas Retired (PHI) RB James Mungro Indianapolis
TE Jeff Dugan Minnesota LB Hannibal Navies Cincinnati
WR Bobby Engram Seattle G Brian Rimpf Baltimore
T Jason Fabini (N.Y. Jets) CB Allen Rossum Atlanta
LB Ryan Fowler Dallas LB Jamie Sharper Seattle
T Brandon Gorin New England K Matt Stover Baltimore
QB Tim Hasselbeck N.Y. Giants WR Amani Toomer N.Y. Giants
RB Chris Hetherington San Francisco LB Kailee Wong Houston
P Dirk Johnson Philadelphia P Dave Zastudil Baltimore
DE Lance Johnstone Minnesota

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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