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This is the Year to be All In

Jan. 1, 1970

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

2016 is my year to stay relevant in this life. Apparently, the only way to stay relevant or important is by going big on social media. For me, I’m all in, traveling 100 miles per hour, ripping and roaring on the “information super highway.” I’m on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and even Instagram. I ditched Myspace years ago! I’m texting, tweeting, posting and checking for likes. Believe it or not, one of my Facebook posts actually got 150 likes. My kids are appalled! They say I shouldn’t be so pressed for likes. The kids call that ‘being thirsty’ or pressing for attention, which I now know is not an admirable thing on social media. Nonetheless, I don’t care. For now I will stay ‘thirsty’! But in all seriousness, nothing in social media excites me more than, and thank you for visiting the website and making it a success.

In case you’re not riding the tech-tidal wave with me, the Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF) is a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of former players through a wide range of services and resources. And YourPAF allows us to bring stories that speak directly to players and their families. As you grow with us, we will continue to listen and deliver services that are relevant and meaningful in your life today-right now, at this moment.

Our community of former players is stronger than ever with the revamped membership opportunities and free lifetime NFLPA membership. The career and quality of life support offered by the Trust has had a direct impact on improving how players leave the game. Again, we will always do our best to make sure you have the widest access to resources and shareable information pertaining to the lives of former NFL players on the planet.

Our mission from the get-go has been simple: Action Creates Opportunity.

We want to drive action in the lives of players in order to create stronger families and in turn stronger, more optimistic communities. As you become familiar with, you will learn this site is dedicated to creating an environment that confirms life is good while enjoying success after football.

Now, I know what you are thinking…Andre, that sounds a whole lot like you’re pressing for “likes.” You’re right, but this time it isn’t because I don’t care. When it comes to our former players well-being, I care that much.

Andre Collins


Executive Director
Professional Athletes Foundation
NFL Player 1990-1999

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

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