Former Players Message – June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011


Joint NFL-NFLPA Statement on Mediation Sessions

June 2, 2011

“The parties met pursuant to court mediation. Owners and players were engaged in confidential
discussions before Chief Magistrate Judge Boylan. The court has ordered continued confidentiality
of the mediation sessions.”

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University of Michigan Depression Center

The University of Michigan Depression Center has partnered with the NFLPA to provide a
comprehensive mood and behavioral evaluation. The assessment will generate a personalized
treatment plan with recommendations that incorporate the past and current lifestyle of
the player and family. The Program includes a year-long follow up by specialists, which
will be coordinated with local physicians, care providers and family, thereby helping to
assure that progress is monitored and that any necessary adjustments are timely.
Pre-arranged services include: an initial assessment done over the phone by a qualified
nurse or social worker, a pre-visit phone call with a doctor, and if necessary a scheduled
day of care at the University of Michigan Depression Center. This is a need based program.

If you would like to know more please email Andre Collins
or Tyrone Allen (
By phone, call us at 1-800-372-2000 ext. 166.

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VQ OrthoCare® Offers NFLPA Former Player Members the Opportunity to Live Without Knee Pain

Medical device company offers a special discount program on BioniCare, the only
device that can claim to provide an overall improvement to an osteoarthritic knee

VQ OrthoCare®, creator of the award-winning BioniCare® Knee System, is pleased to announce its
BioniCare member discount program for National Football League Players Association (NFPLA)
former player members and their families. VQ OrthoCare initiated this discount program based
on the need for a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical treatment option for retired professional
athletes living with osteoarthritis of the knee. Professional athletes move their knees up to
20 million times per year. In contrast, the average person uses their knees only three million
times per year. The constant knee movements wear down the knee joints, increasing the risk of
osteoarthritis of the knee (Overtime Magazine, 2007). In conjunction with the BioniCare member
discount program, VQ OrthoCare is also offering a financial aid program for former player members
needing assistance. “More than 27 million Americans are living with osteoarthritis of the knee
and National Football League players are three times more likely to develop osteoarthritis of the
knee than the general population,” said VQ OrthoCare president and founder, Jim Knape. “We are
thrilled to be offering former player members of the NFLPA and their families the opportunity to
utilize this life-changing treatment option that will enable them to live pain free and regain
their active lifestyles.”

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6 Marriage Mistakes for Men

by Matt McMillen, WebMD Feature, Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

Despite the best intentions, these habits may undermine your relationship.

Men, we don’t mean to nag, but you may be making mistakes that risk ruining your marriage. In
fact, if you are a typical man, you are likely making several, and making them often.

Don’t believe us? Ask your wife. Now, before you get all defensive, this isn’t about blame.
These aren’t ridiculous relationship mistakes — they’re the subtle things that you might not
even know you’re doing. And changing these habits could make a big difference to your wife —
and that can only be good for you.

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7 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Keep your mind sharp and your brain healthy by taking risks and trying something new.

If you’re over 50, you probably know that exercising and eating right will keep your
brain healthy and your mind sharp. But there’s more you can do than just jump on the
Sudoku or crossword puzzle bandwagon. One of the best ways to prevent cognitive decline
is to free ourselves from mind-numbing ruts and routines and embark on pleasurable new

In his to-do list for maintaining a healthy brain, neuroscientist and best-selling
author Dr. Daniel Amen emphasizes the importance of making time for wonderful experiences,
with some excitement and stimulation along the way. Here are some strategies for getting

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NFLPA Pledges Support Of Chicago’s Better Boys Foundation

The NFL lockout could result in collateral damage to many charitable and non-profit
organizations that previously have thrived on the support of current and former players.

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Slim Your Body, Not Your Wallet

(MONEY Magazine) — If you’re among the two-thirds of Americans who are overweight or
obese, shedding pounds is a nobrainer way to save. For example, “even losing 7% of your
weight may lower blood pressure enough to erase the need for medication,” says Cheryl
Rock, a professor at the medical school at the University of California San Diego.

Problem is, losing weight and keeping it off isn’t easy.

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