The Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust (GU PAT) assists former players who are facing financial hardship due to unforeseen crisis, unaffordable medical situations and players who wish to go back to school to finish their undergraduate degrees. If you are a former NFL player and feel you meet the criteria to apply, take action and download the application today. Your opportunity awaits.
Complete Your Undergrad Degree
Better Manage Your Housing Costs
Get the Treatment You Deserve
A Helping Hand with Mental Illness
Catch Up Before You Get Shut Off
Don’t Lose Your Car
Get the Medicine You Need
Tackle an Unforeseen Financial Hardship
And Much, Much More
Frequently Asked Questions
You may submit your application by fax, email or post mail. If you submit via the post, please do not use staples and print on one side only.
After any grant approval, an applicant must wait a minimum of three (3) years before becoming eligible to apply for assistance again.
Any person who signed a contract with an NFL team for any length of time is eligible to apply.
If you were not required to submit a Federal Tax Return, you will need to submit a copy of your Tax Transcript. Learn how to obtain this document from the GU PAT Grant Checklist.
Financial crisis, uncovered medical expenses and the completion of a player’s undergraduate degree are eligible for consideration through the GU PAT.
Your application will be reviewed by a small committee made up from the PAF Board of Directors. A Professional Athletes Foundation staff member will process the application prior to the review and issue your decision after the review has been completed.
A decision will be issued within a 45 day window from receiving a completed application.