Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/12/12

We’ve all heard about the struggles of former NFL players to keep their money once their playing careers are over. Playing days don’t last very long, and quite often former players found themselves in dire financial straits rather quickly. Former Notre Dame star, Cleveland Browns bust and current Denver Broncos third-stringer Brady Quinn leads a group of proactive players who are doing something to stop this trend.

Quinn, along with Byron Leftwich, John Beck, Charlie Batch, and Bruce Gradkowski are among the 66 players who have enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Since the program’s inception in 2005, more than 700 players have participated.

“We are excited to continue this program which has been beneficial to so many of our players,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Troy Vincent, who has attended each of the business management programs.

“Over the years, the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program has assisted players — myself included — and their families in making smarter business decisions while inspiring others to go back to school for an MBA.”

Taught by full-time Harvard Business School faculty members, the customized five-day program at HBS aims to help participants learn to develop a business idea or plan in such areas as investments, real estate, and retailing.

Players complete an application process in order to attend the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program. Enrollment criteria includes level of education; professional business experience; interest in starting, owning, or managing a business; and leadership and community involvement. 

Following are the NFL players enrolled in the workshop at the Harvard Business School (most recent team listed in parentheses if player is a free agent):

 

Player Team   Player Team Billy Bajema STL   Byron Leftwich PIT Ryan Baker MIA   Ryan Lilja KC Josh Barrett NE   Ruvell Martin BUF Ronald Bartell STL   Chris Massey CHI John Beck WAS   Richmond McGee CLE Kevin Bentley IND   William Montgomery WAS Tom Brandstater STL   Kirk Morrison BUF James Butler STL   Jesse Nading HOU Luis Castillo Free Agent (SD)   David Nixon STL Jed Collins NO   Nick Novak SD Craig Dahl STL   Ogemdi Nwagbuo CAR Moise Fokou PHI   J.T. O’Sullivan Free Agent (OAK) J.P. Foschi Former (OAK, KC, CIN)   Brady Quinn DEN George Foster Former (DEN, DET)   Robert Reynolds Former (TEN) Chris Gronkowski IND   Blair White IND Bruce Gradkowski CIN   Gerris Wilkinson Former (NYG) Russ Hochstein DEN   Sam Young BUF Richie Incognito MIA   Michael Young Former (ARZ) Brandon Johnson CIN    

 

 

Following are the NFL players enrolled in the workshop at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University (most recent team listed in parentheses if player is a free agent):

 

Player Team   Player Team Lorenzo Alexander WAS   Corey Mays Free Agent (KC) Charlie Batch PIT   Mike McKenzie Former (NO) Justin Blalock ATL   Mike Montgomery Former (GB) Tim Bulman HOU   Craig Nall Former (GB) Thomas Clayton CLE   Tony Pashos CLE Ryan Cook MIA   Garrett Reynolds ATL Billy Cundiff BAL   Lawrence Sidbury Jr. ATL Lee Evans Free Agent (BAL)   Will Svitek ATL Jeff Faine TB   Leigh Torrence NO Anthony Fasano MIA   Steve Vallos CLE Melvin Fowler Former (CLE, MIN, BUF, DET)   James Williams IND Omar Gaither CAR   Josh Wilson WAS Thomas Howard CIN   Tony Wragge STL Winston Justice PHI   Jeremy Zuttah TB Erik Lorig TB      

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