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Patriots to take part in NFL business management program

KEITH BULLUCK of the Tennessee Titans, PATRICK CRAYTON of the Dallas Cowboys, BRIAN GRIESE of the Chicago Bears, TONY RICHARDSON of the Minnesota Vikings, TY LAW of the Kansas City Chiefs, MATT LIGHTand RICHARD SEYMOUR of the New England Patriots and BRADY QUINN of the Cleveland Browns are among the 114 players who have enrolled in theNFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Harvard Business School, Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University), 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, 116 NFL players participated at the four business schools and 112 took part in 2006. In the program's first season (2005), 66 players took part at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School.

"These programs are great outlets and opportunities to broaden your horizons and expand your base of knowledge," said Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck, who will attend the Stanford program. "I have my degree and I am always looking for ways to get better for life after football. There is also good camaraderie built between the guys at the program that could be useful down the road."

The four schools will offer executive education activities in their respective areas of expertise (see complete descriptions below). The Wharton School and Harvard Business School will hold programs for players from February 24-27 and continue the coursework with an additional session in late March and early April. The Stanford Graduate School of Business and Kellogg School of Management will run three-day sessions from March 2-5.

Player enrollment criteria include level of education; professional business experience; interest in starting, owning, or managing a business; and leadership and community involvement. Under the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement, players may be reimbursed for 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 parentheses if player is a free agent):

Player

Team

Player

Team

Will Allen

Tampa Bay

Sammy Knight

Jacksonville

Nnamdi Asomugha

Oakland

Adam Koets

NY Giants

Leigh Bodden

Cleveland

Ty Law

Kansas City

Ralph Brown

Arizona

Jamal Lewis

Cleveland

Ricky Brown

Oakland

Reno Mahe

Philadelphia

Phillip Buchanon

Tampa Bay

Rocky McIntosh

Washington

Correll Buckhalter

Philadelphia

Matt Murphy

Buffalo

Jon Dekker

Pittsburgh

Chinedum Ndukwe

Cincinnati

Zak DeOssie

NY Giants

Ben Obomanu

Seattle

Curtis Duncan

Retired (Houston Oilers)

Orlando Pace

St. Louis

Jason Dunn

Kansas City

Alvin Pearman

Seattle

George Foster

Detroit

Tab Perry

Cincinnati

Cornell Green

Oakland

Richard Seymour

New England

Boomer Grigsby

Kansas City

Corey Smith

Detroit

Will Heller

Seattle

Will Svitek

Kansas City

Bennie Joppru

Seattle

Langston Walker

Buffalo

Isaiah Kacyvenski

Retired (Seattle, St. Louis, Oakland)

Marcus Wilkins

Atlanta

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

Player

Team

Player

Team

Will Allen

Tampa Bay

Lance Legree

Retired (NY Giants, NY Jets, SF, NO)

Anthony Adams

Chicago

Matt Light

New England

Chris Bober

Kansas City

Fred Miller

Chicago

Copeland Bryan

Buffalo

Antwaan Randle El

Washington

Phillip Buchanon

Tampa Bay

Donnie Spragan

Miami

Bobby Carpenter

Dallas

John St. Clair

Chicago

Casey Cramer

Tennessee

Darnell Stapleton

Pittsburgh

Doug Datish

Atlanta

Max Starks

Pittsburgh

Chauncey Davis

Atlanta

Michael Stone

(NY Giants)

N.D. Kalu

Houston

David Thornton

Tennessee

Pete Kendall

Washington

Todd Weiner

Atlanta

Dan Koppen

New England

LeVar Woods

Tennessee

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

Player

Team

Player

Team

Keith Bulluck

Tennessee

Roy Manning

Cincinnati

Jeff Charleston

Indianapolis

Kevin Mawae

Tennessee

Harry Colon

Retired (Detroit, Jacksonville, N.E.)

Aaron Merz

Buffalo

Rashied Davis

Chicago

Ovie Mughelli

Atlanta

Patrick Dendy

Carolina

Don Muhlbach

Detroit

Ken Dorsey

Cleveland

Brady Quinn

Cleveland

Marques Harris

San Diego

Kelvin Smith

Miami

Ben Hartsock

Tennessee

Mike Smith

Baltimore

Reggie Howard

Retired (Carolina, Miami, N.O.)

Tony Stewart

Oakland

Scott Jackson

Houston

Dontarrious Thomas

Minnesota

Lance Johnstone

Retired (Oakland, Minnesota)

Tank Williams

Minnesota

Andrew Kline

Retired (St. Louis)

Cory Withrow

San Diego

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

Player

Team

Player

Team

Rodney Bailey

Arizona

James Marten

Dallas

Michael Boley

Atlanta

Mike McKenzie

New Orleans

Kyle Brady

New England

Vernand Morency

Green Bay

Raheem Brock

Indianapolis

Dennis Norman

Jacksonville

Troy Brown

New England

John Owens

Detroit

Brad Butler

Buffalo

Tony Richardson

Minnesota

Jeremy Cain

Tennessee

Rich Scanlon

Tennessee

Steve Cargile

Denver

Jake Scott

Indianapolis

John Carney

Kansas City

Antonio Smith

Indianapolis

Patrick Crayton

Dallas

Nick Sorensen

Cleveland

Bryce Fisher

Tennessee

Duane Starks

Oakland

Todd Fordham

Retired (Carolina, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville)

Todd Steussie

St. Louis

Brian Griese

Chicago

Donald Strickland

San Francisco

Adam Jennings

Atlanta

Ross Tucker

Washington

John Kuhn

Green Bay

Josh Wilson

Seattle

Nate Lawrie

Cincinnati

Stanley Wilson

Detroit

Ryan Lilja

Indianapolis

Jerry Wunsch

Retired (Seattle, TB)

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

The Harvard Business School (Feb. 24-27; April 7-9)
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 will face in business. During the break between the two sessions,players develop a business plan that they discuss with HBS faculty memberswhen they return to campus.

The Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (March 2-5)
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 2-5)
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).

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (Feb. 24-27; March 25-27)
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.

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