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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 download the application today. Your opportunity awaits.

Possible Uses

Possible Uses


Complete Your Undergrad Degree


Better Manage Your Housing Costs


Get the Treatment You Deserve

Cognitive Care

A Helping Hand with Mental Illness


Catch Up Before You Get Shut Off


Don’t Lose Your Car


Get the Medicine You Need

Financial Crisis

Tackle an Unforeseen Financial Hardship


And Much, Much More

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I submit my application?

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.

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

After any grant approval, an applicant must wait a minimum of three (3) years before becoming eligible to apply for assistance again.

4. 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 is eligible to apply.

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.

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 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.

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 45 day window from receiving a completed application.