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Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

Winter weather is behind us and the flowers are in bloom…What are you doing? Get up and get outside!

Springtime is rich with wonderful stories of change and accomplishment.  It’s easy to get sucked into the doldrums of winter without thinking about all the different ways a sedentary lifestyle can harm you.

Are you seeing the fruits of commitment to your New Year’s resolutions?

I hope so, but odds are you gave up on the resolutions some time ago.  Don’t worry, it happens to most of us.  The change in seasons gives you a chance to shed your coats and enjoy an active lifestyle with family and friends.

I personally enjoy getting outside and exercising. This spring, I’m giving yoga a chance–don’t worry, I won’t be posting any pictures on Instagram just yet. Nevertheless, flexibility also adds to a healthy lifestyle.

Outdoors feels different than the treadmill. I’m not breaking any speed records when I jog, but I “run to live” or “exercise to stay alive.”

Just making a mindful decision to burn some calories gives you a better quality of life, and in some cases can actually save your life. You never know how close you are to that moment the silent killers–stress, stroke, obesity and heart disease–are planning an ‘episode’ in your life. With the help of our partnerships and resources, take the time to reintroduce yourself to fitness. will feature a number of articles this spring that center on a healthier lifestyle, healthier choices and sharing that healthier focus with family.

Take control of your own ‘healthy’ destiny. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Start slow with simple goals. Over time your decision will become habit and sustainable change.

Stories about how former players live their lives have always moved me. Write to me ( so  I can share your successes with the PAF Family.

Andre Collins


Executive Director
Professional Athletes Foundation
NFL Player 1990-1999

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