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Who We Are


In 1990, NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw recognized that the transition from football was very challenging for former players. The Professional Athlete’s Foundation was founded to support, strengthen and inspire players as they transitioned from their active NFL careers.

Beyond offering a range of career, health and educational resources, over 1,500 former players have received assistance through the Players Assistance Trust Fund (PAT).

Over $10 million dollars in financial, medical and educational assistance granted to former players, making the PAF is the leading foundation with regard to assisting NFL Former Players

This organization and this platform were created for and inspired by the players–and their support networks. We hope you explore all that is possible with and through the PAF and reach out should you be ready to discover how Action Creates Opportunity.

Services We Offer

  • Financial Assistance
  • Education Assistance
  • Health Care Resourcing
  • Mental Health Support
  • Addiction Counseling
  • Partner, Spouse & Family Counseling
  • Informational Symposiums
  • Budget Building Assistance

Your privacy is our highest priority, please note that our outreach effort takes every precaution to ensure that your identity is protected.

About Gene Upshaw

Our Team

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Andre Collins

Executive Director

Andre, a former player himself, currently serves as the Executive Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation helping players transition out of the game. He is responsible for creating a sense of community and opportunity for former players. Andre’s driving force to make the transition smoother for former players is made stronger by his personal experiences after leaving the game. His wife Ericka and children Lola, Karis and Chet provide a balance that allows Andre to be creative and focused on former player concerns

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Tyrone Allen

Director

Tyrone serves as the Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation where he oversees the operations of the Players Assistance Trust, valued partner relationships and all emerging opportunities for the foundation. Originally from Philadelphia, Tyrone has extensive social-work experience, including over seven years working with former players. He currently resides in Washington, DC.

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Caryl Banks

Assistant Director

Caryl serves as the Manager of the Professional Athletes Foundation helping players through the Players Assistance Trust (PAT) application process while also providing support and resources the player may need beyond the PAT.  Originally from West Virginia, Caryl is a clinically licensed social worker with over 10 years’ experience in the field.  She currently resides in Bowie, MD where she is actively involved in her son Dominick’s AAU athletics.

Leslie Isler

Coordinator

Leslie serves as the Coordinator for the Professional Athletes Foundation helping players through the Players Assistance Trust application process.  Leslie is excited to help former players as they navigate the programs and services available through the PAF.

Board of Directors

DeMaurice Smith, Chairman
Nolan Harrison, Chairman
Maxine Baker, Director
Andre Collins, Director
Ned Ehrlich, Director
David Joyner, Director
Kevin Mawae, Director
Dewey McClain, Director
Emery Moorehead, Director
Brig Owens, Director