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Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

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 review the GUPAT Guidelines today. Your opportunity awaits.

Possible Uses

Possible Uses


Complete Your Undergrad Degree or earn a trade school certification


Get the Treatment You Deserve


Better Manage Your Housing Costs


Catch Up Before You Get Shut Off

Cognitive Care

A Helping Hand with Mental Illness


Don’t Lose Your Car

Financial Crisis

Tackle an Unforeseen Financial Hardship


Get the Medicine You Need


Call us today to find out if your need qualifies        (800) 372-2000

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I submit my application?
  1. You may submit your application online here but please review the guidelines first. Questions? Call or email us.
3. What are the requirements to apply for the GU PAT grant?

Any person who signed a contract with an NFL team for any length of time and is experiencing a financial hardship is eligible to apply.

4. I have received a prior award. Am I eligible to apply?

After any grant approval, an applicant is not eligible to apply for financial assistance until three (3) years after their initial approval.

5. I was not required to file taxes last year. What should I do?

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 at

6. What type of assistance is covered through the GU PAT grant?

Financial crisis, uncovered medical expenses and the completion of a player’s undergraduate degree, certification, trade school, etc. that is not covered by The Trust Scholarship are eligible for consideration through the GU PAT.

7. What is Money Management International?

MMI is a free service provided to all of our grant applicants that assists in building out a personalized budget. Learn more about MMI from the GU PAT Grant Checklist at at

8. Who will see and review my application?

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.

9. How long does it take to receive a decision?

A decision will be issued within a 30-day window from receiving a completed application.