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Donuts for Everyone, Coach’s Treat

Jan. 1, 1970

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

I am coaching football this year for the first time. It’s amazing how the information locked away in the vaults of my mind has rushed back so quickly.

I want these kids to love football. I want them to understand setbacks and feel the joy that comes from working hard and winning. My team is young and inexperienced. Most of them are playing for the first time, but that is no excuse. I expect effort, focus, toughness and a sense of urgency.

Then I started thinking about my transition from football and the continued life transitions we all go through. Then my thoughts moved on to you leaving the game and discovering who you are after football.

There is fear when doing something for the first time. However, you can’t make excuses. Transitioning requires effort, focus and a sense of urgency.

Anxiety will set in and cloud your vision on taking aim at figuring things out. But life has a way through necessity and need to help you see things through.

Life is a series of moments laced together. Live in the moment knowing the next opportunity is just a moment away. You can change and succeed. You can do more than just survive.

What is your vision for a successful life? What does success look like for you?

Gather information and find your direction. Do the work. Do your best. Tap into the resources that are available through YourPAF.   Get energized! Take action today and move forward on this joyful journey.

And when we win together, donuts for everyone! Coach’s treat…

Andre Collins


Executive Director
Professional Athletes Foundation
NFL Player 1990-1999

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

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