Grants available to former NFL Players

Dear Alumni:

If you know any former players that are going through some difficult times and are in need of financial and medical assistance, here is the contact information, phone numbers, applications and links to the NFL Player Care Foundation, the NFLPA – Gene Upshaw PAT (Player Assistance Trust) fund and the Gridiron Greats Foundation. Please review the different criteria established for each of the grants.


NFL Players Association Link: Gene Upshaw PAT Fund Application

Contact Tyrone Allen at (800)-372-2000 ext. 166

The GU PAT was created to provide short-term financial assistance to former players or their immediate family members who may be faced with a financial or medical crisis.


NFL Player Care Foundation Link: NFL Player Care Foundation

Contact Dana at (800) 635-4625 ext. 3

The NFL Player Care Foundation provides monetary grantsto qualified NFL alumni who are experiencing financial hardships. The PCF has also enacted a number of programs to improve the quality of life for former players. Applicant must be a former NFL player with at least two credited seasons of NFL play or are otherwise vested, under the NFL’s Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle plan, and widows and children of deceased former NFL players who would otherwise be eligible for support.


Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund Link: GGAF Application

Contact Karen Wright at (773) 867-8160

Email Karen at to discuss their assistance program and criteria needed to qualify for financial and medical assistance. While funds are available to all former players that played three or more years in the League, the fund has also set certain criteria and limitations.


If you have any questions about these programs, or need any additional assistance. I can be reached at 716-912-0019, or you can email me at

Your Alumni brother,

Jeff Nixon



About Jeff Nixon

Jeff was a first team consensus All-American from the University of Richmond in 1978. He is 7th in NCAA history with 23 career interceptions. Played for the Buffalo Bills 1979-1984. Led the team with 6 interceptions in Rookie Year. Holds Bills record for 4 takeaways in a single game - 3 interceptions and a fumble recovery. Tied Bills record with four consecutive games with an interception. After 5 knee surgeries Jeff retired from pro football in 1985. He worked for 13 years (1988-2000) as the Youth Bureau Director for Buffalo and Erie County. He has worked for the past 11 years as the Youth Employment Director for Buffalo. Plays guitar and was voted best R&B guitar player by Buffalo Nightlife Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Posted on February 11, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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