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January 17, 2019 07:02PM
Now that Eric Winston is no longer playing pro football http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/laurent-duvernay-tardif-jersey-authentic , he's not exactly soaking up the rays in some exotic locale.He's preparing for the rest of his life by attending the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, while also handling a myriad of duties as president of the NFL players' union.Yes, Winston, 34, has the funds to make an easier transition from the football field to the field of business after a 12-year NFL career. Many of his peers do, too.And many don't.Thanks to The Trust, though, the opportunity is there for nearly anyone who had at least two accredited seasons of NFL service to return to school to complete their degrees, or to pursue advanced degrees such as Winston is doing, or to attend a trade school.More than 1,500 scholarships worth more than $12.2 million have been awarded through The Trust, which will reach its fifth anniversary next month. Last spring, 115 former players used the scholarship program, and 87 more did in the summer.While the back-to-school portion of The Trust that developed out of the 2011 labor agreement following a lengthy lockout is important, Winston stressed how much more there is to the program."The longer you play, the less applicable you feel to transition into something outside," he says. "You've been so long out of the typical workforce Youth Travis Kelce Jersey , if you will, and you see a lot of college buddies who are pretty well down the span of their life in their careers. And you think to yourself, 'How are you going to catch up?' It's sort of a daunting task."The Trust really helps guys get right first, whether it is dealing with injuries, substance abuse, so many issues that are there with guys coming off the field and who can't get to the next phase of their lives. It's getting guys physically and mentally ready with the transition."Another step in that process is the use of former players who have made that transition. Anthony Becht, who played 11 seasons as a tight end, is one of those "captains" who serve as mentors.Becht currently is an analyst for ESPN's college football telecasts and also did preseason games for the New York Jets. He sees his role as an educator 鈥?letting men who have left the league know about the benefits The Trust provides 鈥?and as a sounding board."We tend to have different conversations depending on how long a guy is out," Becht says. "In general, once they learn this is not activated yet and is something they have earned, they want to know where it came from and why it's available now. It's letting them know we are not affiliated with anyone, we're trying to give you something you have earned and trying to provide you with the multiple programs we have."Among those programs are five pillars:鈥擝rain and Body: The Trust has partnered with the University of North Carolina Brain and Body Health Program; Tulane's Institute of Sports Medicine; the Cleveland Clinic and its locations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada and at the Hoag Institute of Neuroscience in California; and the Massachusetts General Hospital Brain and Body Program.鈥擟areers: The Trust has partnered with AthLife, Babson College, and Lee Hecht Harrison.鈥擡ducation: A partnership with AthLife.鈥擫ifestyle: Partnerships with EXOS and the YMCA.鈥擣inancial: Partnerships with Financial Finesse and Hillard Heintze."I can't stress enough how difficult it is to run a full suite of services like that," Winston says. "Just think about just trying to help in the transition. And then we have another (program) with scholarships Youth Mitch Morse Jersey , and then to help guys get placed from there. It's not an easy task."To Becht, there is a boots to the ground element because The Trust is relatively new, and getting out the word that it not only exists but can be so helpful to former players is paramount. This isn't some club for those men to join, it's a benefit they have earned similar to a pension. He believes a majority of the eligible former players don't know about The Trust, or there has been confusion about what is available and what is not."Whether you have money saved or have done successful stuff off the field or kind of played several years and made decent money, whatever your angle may be 鈥?even for guys who never saved anything 鈥?everyone will go through a withdrawal period," Becht says. "How do you turn the page and get your life on a new schedule?"The programs are ridiculously huge in regards to the access guys have now. You can jump into anything, but guys have got to want to do it, whether through the NFLPA or the NFL." Just six days after needling his quarterback for not being aggressive enough, Broncos coach Vance Joseph found Denver's season on the brink and his job on the line.He backed down.Trailing the Browns by four points in the waning minutes and facing fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 6, Joseph sent his kicker onto the field to a chorus of boos at Mile High Stadium.Despite his sound logic, the man who's gone for it on fourth down 21 times, more than any other NFL coach this season 鈥?and seen his team convert a league-high 13 of those 鈥?chose the field goal that would leave the Broncos trailing by 1 with 4:35 left."We were absolutely surprised they went for a field goal," Browns safety Jabrill Peppers said after his game-ending sack sealed Cleveland's first win over Denver in 28 years ."I didn't know what they were thinking," offered Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. "If it was me, I would have gone for the touchdown."Joseph explained that he'd rather take the sure points there 鈥?Brandon McManus is 37 of 39 from inside 30 yards 鈥?than risk coming away empty-handed and then needing a touchdown to win it rather than another field goal.Forty-eight hours later, Joseph offered another impassioned defense of his decision.He said it was a fourth-and-a-long-1 Youth Kareem Hunt Jersey , the Broncos had just been stuffed on two runs that didn't look pretty and he had faith his depleted defense would get a stop.This, even though safeties Dymonte Thomas and Justin Simmons were forced into coverage with cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. (leg), Isaac Yiadom (head), Brendan Langley (head), Jamar Taylor (ejected) and Bradley Roby (lacerated lip) all out, leaving just one healthy cornerback in oft-injured Tramaine Brock.Left unsaid was the lack of faith Joseph had in his anemic offense led by the lackluster Case Keenum and coordinated by Bill Musgrave, who added to his bucketful of head-scratching calls this season when he dialed up a deep pass on first down moments after the Broncos had lost their fourth and fifth cornerbacks early in the fourth quarter.Keenum's pass was picked off by cornerback T.J. Carrie 鈥?whom Keenum said he never saw 鈥?at midfield. The Browns converted that takeaway into the game-winning touchdown on Baker Mayfield's 2-yard toss to Antonio Callaway with safety Justin Simmons helplessly trailing him in coverage.Joseph's dice roll on fourth down might have paid dividends had the Broncos not surrendered a 40-yard run to Nick Chubb on first down when his cousin, Bradley Chubb, threw his man into linebacker Todd Davis, and Adam Gotsis missed the tackle.Gotsis atoned for his gaffe when he dumped Chubb for a 2-yard loss just after the 2-minute warning on fourth-and-1 when Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams went for the gusto and came up empty."We came up here to win the ball game," said Williams, who improved to 4-2 and burnished his credentials for the full-time gig. "I don't think anyone was ever worried about me not being aggressive. We came up here to win it. Offensively, we were going to win it right there. If not, defensively we're going to come back and do it."That's the aggressive nature of this team."It was the Broncos who had been the aggressors all season, and Keenum wanted to go for it on fourth-and-1, although he added, "I can't complain because I had the ball in my hands with a chance to win the game."Denver's desperation drive Youth Justin Houston Jersey , however, started at their 13 with 1:49 and no timeouts left.They reached the 50 on Keenum's 15-yard throw to Devontae Booker on fourth-and-2, putting them just 8 yards shy of McManus' comfort zone. But Keenum rushed up to the line and spiked the ball to stop the clock at 52 seconds rather than getting a few more yards with a quick strike against a backpedaling, winded defense.That breather allowed the Browns to regroup and they subsequently showed two looks the Broncos hadn't seen all night, forcing a pair of incompletions before Peppers' sack of Keenum ended it ."It's just a tough time right now," said Von Miller, whose team hasn't reached the playoffs in the three years since he led the Broncos to a win over Cam Newton and Carolina in Super Bowl 50.In other notable calls in Week 15:鈥擳itans cornerback Logan Ryan announced Monday that he broke his left leg in Tennessee's victory over the Giants, writing on Twitter that he believes a player should release his own injury news .鈥擳he Chargers trolled Stephen A. Smith 's pronouncement that he was excited about the Chiefs' matchup with the San Diego Chargers (now in Los Angeles) featuring Spencer Ware (who was out with an injury), Hunter Henry (now on IR) squaring off against Derrick Johnson (not in the NFL anymore).After tweeting their inactives, the Chargers added this tongue-in-cheek update: "LaDainian Tomlinson, Dan Fouts and Lance Alworth are all OUT for tonight."鈥擜fter wearing cleats that paid tribute to the history of protest on Monday night, Panthers safety Eric Reid, who was one of the first players to join Colin Kaepernick in protesting racial injustice and police violence by kneeling during the national anthem when both were with the 49ers, tweeted a photo of his latest drug test notice, writing it was his seventh "Random" test of the season.
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