NFL Alumni Goes Virtual to Reach High School and College Athletes

MT. LAUREL, NEW JERSEY (January 29, 2021) – the NFL Alumni’s 21st Annual Player Networking Event™ (PNE) is scheduled to take place Friday, February 5, 2021, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

PNE, a National Football League (NFL) sanctioned event for 15 years, was created to help NFL players transition into meaningful second careers and maximize networking opportunities Super Bowl weekend. Due to COVID-19 PNE 2021 has been re-engineered as a virtual experience for high school and college athletes.

Event highlights include interactive experiences on various social platforms, a six-hour podcast, and workshops featuring active and former NFL players and the following NFL team executives: Adolpho Birch (Tennessee Titans), Terry Cousin (Pittsburgh Steelers), Dwayne Joseph (Las Vegas Raiders), Terrance Gray (Buffalo Bills), Maurice Kelley (Seattle Seahawks), Les Pico (Minnesota Vikings), and Arthur Hightower (Los Angeles Chargers).

Former NFL player and current Fox Sports analyst Spencer Tillman will kick start PNE with a keynote address and facilitate the opening session titled How Athletes Build Networks and Net Worth.  Spencer is a servant leader who raises the communication bar and provides next-level insights for athletes in transition. We’re super excited that he has agreed to lead our opening session,” says PNE Founder and CEO Guy Troupe.

Over 20 organizations are committed to joining the NFL Alumni, BEES, Incorporated, and Troupe21 with this year’s event. Noteworthy PNE partners and sponsors include Toyota, Cantu Beauty, Advancement for Blacks in Sports, Athlife, BWS Enterprises, Chris Harris Jr. Foundation, Educate Me, Finger Licking Dutch, First Team, Integra Private Wealth Management, Innopower, Kaplan Mobray Inc., McCray’s BBQ, M2 Concepts, Pro Sports Legacy, Renegade Creative Media Group, Sound Mind Sound Body, Spirit Tees, Summit Container Corporation, the Halo App, and Will Shields Fitness and Training.

“PNE has assembled an all-star lineup of NFL subject matter experts to prepare athletes for the life after sports. It’s vitally important that high school and college athletes learn how to network and manage their name, image, and likeness. I’m honored to join active and former NFL players and the NFL Alumni in its mission to care for kids,” says NFL Legends Ambassador and Hall of Famer Will Shields.

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About NFL Alumni:
Founded in 1967 by a small group of successful retired NFL players, is one of the oldest and well-respected retired player organizations in professional sports. Membership includes thousands of retired players, coaches, front office executives, spouses, cheerleaders, and avid fans. For over 50 years the organization has committed to “Caring for Kids” through various fundraising activities. In recent, NFL Alumni expanded its mission to “Caring for Our Own” by informing, assisting, and serving players in their post-NFL lives. Alumni are offered a diverse package of medical, business, and legal services to help keep them and their families healthy, productive, and connected to the league and their former teammates.

About BEES:
This 501(c)(3) charitable partner of PNE, was founded on the premise that athletes and entertainers desire to give back to the communities from which they were reared and become economic assets, business leaders, educators, and role models.  BEES organizes programs and services that directly impact socio-economic and educational mobility; supports existing organizations that foster athletics, fine arts participation; and makes human and financial commitments to like-minded organizations.

A human capital management firm specializes in providing customized and cost-effective products and services for athletic organizations and teams. Troupe21’s client list includes the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Football League (NFL), the NFL Players Association, the NFL Alumni, and over 50 amateur and professional sports organizations.

To learn more or get involved with PNE go to

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