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:
|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.