Player Programs and Benefits
Specialized resources for the NFL family
Health and wellness isn't just about being physically and emotionally healthy. It's about having the resources and support to be productive and stable in all aspects of life. From health care benefits and specialized treatment programs to financial assistance and career-building tools, the NFL and affiliated organizations offer resources to support current and former players in leading a successful life after football.
Check out the support programs below to see what services the NFL and affiliated organizations offer eligible players:
NFL Player Engagement
NFL Player Engagement offers resources to help players move through all phases of life successfully. Programs for current and retired players focus on supporting players' personal and professional development, on and off the field. Resources include:
- NFL Engagement Zone (NFL family): an interactive, personal site for members of the NFL family. The NFL Engagement Zone consists of three levels—Prep, Life, and Next—that are determined by the status of the user. By signing up for the NFL Engagement Zone, members of the NFL family can stay up to date with the latest NFL events, get connected to excellent programs for personal and professional growth, and interact with fellow site members.
- Rookie Symposium (rookie players): an orientation for all rookies drafted by the NFL. The program offers rookie players the chance to learn about life in the NFL—the development, conduct, engagement, and responsibility necessary to succeed—and prepare them for their career as professional football players.
- NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program (current and former players): a program designed to develop and improve players' business skills. The program is a cooperative effort of the NFL, the NFL Players Association, and premier graduate business schools including The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Harvard Business School; Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; University of Notre Dame; and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. By tapping into the savvy of the program facilitators, current and former players can gain important wisdom and insight into the business world.
- Industry boot camps (current and former players): a hands-on opportunity to explore post-sports careers in a variety of fields. For the media boot camp, players can explore Hollywood, the music industry, or the business of sports broadcasting and gain invaluable experience that can lead to a post-NFL career in the media.
- NFL Transition Assistance Program (former players): an overview of the transition from the NFL to other professional pursuits. Through a combination of academic topics and success stories from guest speakers, the program supports former NFL players through the successes and challenges of a second career.
- Coaches academies (current and former players): essential training on the ins and outs of coaching a football team. NFL players can enroll in the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy and the NFL-NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy.
Learn more about resources available through NFL Player Engagement.
Former Player Life Improvement Plan
Former players have access to a variety of programs and resources through the Former Player Life Improvement Plan, including:
- Neurological Care Program: provides retired players with access to comprehensive evaluations and treatment at six participating medical centers across the nation.
- Spine Treatment Program: makes spine specialists available at five hospitals across the country to evaluate and treat spine-related conditions among retired players.
- Joint Replacement Program: provides reimbursement for joint replacement surgeries and offers VIP treatment at select locations.
- Prescription Drug Card Program: a free prescription card allows retired players who are not receiving coverage under the NFL Player Insurance Plan to receive discounts on prescription drugs at more than 57,000 pharmacies in the U.S.
- Medicare Supplement Program: pays $120 a month toward the premium for coverage under a Medicare supplemental insurance program.
- Priority Access to Assisted Living Facilities: special discounts and priority access to designated senior and assisted living facilities across the country.
- Vested Inactive Life Insurance: provides life insurance benefits to all vested, inactive players who have not yet reached age 55 and have not yet retired under the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan.
Eligibility requirements vary for each benefit. Learn more about the Former Player Life Improvement Plan and requirements for participation by calling the NFL Retired Player Customer Care Center at (800) 635-4625.
Additional Resources for Former Players
- Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan: provides eligible NFL players with disability benefits, pensions, and survivor benefits for their families. To learn more and obtain forms for the plan, call the Player Benefits Administration Office at (800) 638-3186.
- 88 Plan: provides financial reimbursement for care costs of vested players who diagnoses of dementia, ALS, or Parkinson's disease. To learn more and obtain forms for the 88 Plan, call the Player Benefits Administration Office at (800) 638-3186.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: covers assistance provided to a person who has a severe cognitive impairment requiring continual supervision or is unable to perform the activities of daily living. Coverage for spouses of former players is also available.
Learn more about additional benefits and eligibility requirements for players.