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NFL program launched with attention on mental health

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The NFL launched an initiative to expand services to current and former players to improve its resources in the areas of physical and mental health, family safety and the transition into their post-NFL life.

The program, announced Thursday in New York by commissioner Roger Goodell, is known as NFL Total Wellness. Former cornerback Troy Vincent, vice president of player engagement, and Robert Gulliver, a Cornell graduate in his second year as executive vice president of human resources, will establish an advisory board that will include former players, coaches and medical professionals.

According to the NFL's press release, peer counselors and transition coaches will focus on post-career education/job training, special Player Engagement programs (Broadcast Boot Camp, Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program), medical and emotional needs, and providing information regarding benefit programs and assistance in obtaining benefits.

In addition, players will learn about local alumni chapters, youth football, and other opportunities to stay involved in the game.
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