NFLPA Sixth Year of Externship Press Release

The sixth annual NFLPA launched its sixth year of doing their externship. Here is the official press release!

FL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION REACHES UNPRECEDENTED NUMBERS IN SIXTH YEAR OF EXTERNSHIP
66 players enrolled across 27 organizations for offseason program providing practical workplace experience

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In its sixth year, the NFLPA Externship once again boasts record numbers as 66 players will start positions at 27 distinguished organizations this month.

With 12 new organizations joining the offseason program, the NFLPA Externship remains unlike any other opportunity offered to professional athletes. This year’s externs will work with businesses ranging from start-ups to established industry leaders while learning about the legislative process, the financial literacy space, media skills and much more.

The NFLPA fielded 123 applications this winter from interested players. After applying for their top three experiences, each member of the 2019 NFLPA Externship class was interviewed and selected by organizations committed to providing insight into their line of work, engaging in impactful projects, offering feedback and developing networking opportunities.

“We are proud to provide a service for our members that allows them to gain practical experience that will go a long way in positioning them to succeed in their post-football careers,” NFLPA Player Manager Connor Ford said. “By expanding the players’ network through organizations that are committed to immersing the externs in their fields, the NFLPA Externship continues to be one of the most valued programs offered by our union.”

Among the 12 new organizations featured in the 2019 program are ACE Media, Brandgenuity, Everfi, Financial Finesse, Forbes Tate Partners, FOX Sports, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Headspace, Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA), Ohio State University Athletics, UNINTERRUPTED and WeWork Labs.

The NFLPA is proud to welcome back the following organizations: Capitol Hill (various placements with members of Congress), Catapult, Complex, Events DC, Fanatics, LAPD, NFL Players Inc., StubHub, The Players’ Tribune, The Trust, Under Armour, United Way Worldwide, University of Georgia Athletic Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and WHOOP.

Players from 27 different NFL teams are represented in the 2019 NFLPA Externship, which runs through March 8, with the New York Giants boasting the most participants at seven.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of broadcasting and production,” said Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Cameron Lynch, who is externing with FOX Sports. “The hands-on experience that I will gain through this externship will go a long way in helping me realize one of my other dreams outside of football.”

This year’s Externship features the #AthleteAnd Workshop on Tuesday, February 19 at the NFLPA headquarters in Washington, D.C. This exclusive event enables current players to hear from industry leaders as well as NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on how to grow professionally and leverage the opportunities provided by their NFL careers. By gaining confidence to define their identities beyond being a professional athlete, they can write their own endings to the phrase “Athlete And            ”.

The Externship, run by the NFLPA’s Player Affairs department, is designed to assist players in realizing their potential and value beyond football through gainful, real-world experience. The program serves as one of several post-career opportunities offered by the NFLPA, all of which are built on the theme of helping players -- both active and transitioning -- find their niche and discover more of their gifts.

As far as what players are doing what, here is a list of what all players are participating and where they are going:

Full list of 2019 NFLPA Externs and Host Organizations:

PARTNER NAME TEAM
ACE Media Bene Benwikere Oakland Raiders
Capitol Hill – Forbes Tate Partners Doug Middleton New York Jets
Capitol Hill – Office of Senator Rand Paul (Kentucky) Austin Carr New Orleans Saints
Capitol Hill – Office of Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) Michael Thomas New York Giants
Capitol Hill – Office of Senator Josh Hawley (Missouri) Ryan Hunter Kansas City Chiefs
Capitol Hill – Placement Pending Johnson Bademosi Houston Texans
Catapult Will Pericak Free Agent
Complex Brandon Bell Cincinnati Bengals
Events DC Damiere Byrd Carolina Panthers
Chris Lacy Detroit Lions
Everfi Dominique Easley Los Angeles Rams
Fanatics* Tyrell Adams* Houston Texans
Myles Humphrey* New York Giants
Stansly Maponga* Free Agent
Darrell Williams* Free Agent
Isaiah Williams* Free Agent
Financial Finesse Carl Nassib Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FOX Sports Sebastian Joseph Los Angeles Rams
Cam Lynch Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Chris Manhertz Carolina Panthers
Gatorade Sports Science Institute* Justin Zimmer* Atlanta Falcons
Headspace Andre Hal Houston Texans
Eric Lee Detroit Lions
Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA) & Brandgenuity* Ifeanyi Momah* Free Agent
Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) A.J. Howard New England Patriots
Charles Leno Chicago Bears
Victor Salako New York Giants
Linden Stephens Denver Broncos
Keith Tandy Free Agent
Malik Williams Pittsburgh Steelers
Ronald Zamort New York Giants
NFL Players Inc. Austin Roberts Los Angeles Chargers
Ohio State University Athletics Jake McGee Pittsburgh Steelers
StubHub Thomas Hennessy New York Jets
Kapron Lewis Moore San Francisco 49ers
Ryan Malleck Free Agent
Josiah Price Minnesota Vikings
The Players’ Tribune Malik Golden Pittsburgh Steelers
Joshua Kalu Tennessee Titans
Greg Little Free Agent
Greg Van Roten Carolina Panthers
The Trust Devin Fuller Free Agent
Under Armour Jerome Baker Miami Dolphins
Kyle Carter Free Agent
Dennis Gardeck Arizona Cardinals
Alvin Jones Baltimore Ravens
Matt LaCosse Denver Broncos
Afolabi Laguda Free Agent
Ian Park Free Agent
Brian Price Cleveland Browns
Jeremy Ross Free Agent
Tom Savage Cincinnati Bengals
Christian Scotland-Williamson Pittsburgh Steelers
B.W. Webb New York Giants
Damon Webb Tennessee Titans
Jordan Williams New York Giants
Ryan Yurachek Oakland Raiders
UNINTERRUPTED Aziz Shittu Dallas Cowboys
United Way Worldwide Brandon Chubb Carolina Panthers
Johnny Stanton Free Agent
University of Georgia Athletic Association Elie Bouka Philadelphia Eagles
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Praise Martin-Oguike Free Agent
WeWork Labs Matt Flanagan Washington Redskins
Tre McBride Washington Redskins
WHOOP K.J. Brent Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kristjan Sokoli New York Giants

 

*Started externship on Feb. 11

Everyone always thinks of players as just people that do activities on the field, but the NFLPA focuses on not only trying to represent the players, but to offer opportunities to set them up for life after football. It's truly great to see this externship continue to grow.

(photo courtesy of Steelers Wire)

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