In 1990, NFLPA Executive Director Gene Upshaw recognized that the transition from football was very challenging for former players. The Professional Athletes Foundation was founded to support, strengthen and inspire players as they navigate the many obstacles of life.
Beyond offering a range of health and educational resources, over 3,600 former players have received assistance through the Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust Fund (GU PAT).
Over $21 million dollars in financial, medical, and educational assistance granted to former players, making the PAF the leading foundation assisting NFL Former Players.
This organization and platform were created for and inspired by the players and their support networks. We hope you explore all that is possible through the PAF. We encourage you to reach out to discover how action creates opportunity.