In 1995, two years after our organization’s inception, Endzone Sports Charities (ESC) began a collaboration with Broncos alumni, soliciting their assistance to help in our charitable endeavors and over the past 15 years, scores of former Broncos have aided us in a variety of projects to benefit the less fortunate. Since then, our association with the alumni family has led to our publication of an independent alumni newsletter (the Broncos Corral) and our creation of the Broncos Alumni group (BAg) at facebook. These media resources are intended as a means to help Broncos alumni connect and interact with one another and are provided as a service of ESC as a way of saying thanks to and paying back this generous group for their efforts.
This page has also been created for their benefit as a portal to a number of other outside resources which may be of interest. It includes links to dire need assistance resources, alumni advocacy sites and blogs and links to other ESC pages related to our ongoing charitable activities which seek to positively impact the lives of others, with an emphasis on assisting former NFL players and staffers who are suffering from financial or medical hardship.
As we have long followed the struggles regarding much needed improvement of the current pension and disability programs, it is evident that, even amongst the alumni, there remains a passionate and sometimes bitter divide. While we remain passionate in our belief that these systems are obviously in need of improvement, as “outsiders”, we also feel that it is important that we remain impartial and outside the firing lines of the battling factions. As such, we have provided the information below, listed alphabetically, with no preference or agenda of our own.
Since its inception in 2007, the Foundation has used a portion of its $17 million endowment to underwrite medical research and national health screenings. Equally important is its role in providing monetary grants to qualified NFL alumni who are experiencing financial hardships, including grants to eligible players who need financial assistance in paying for the costs of Player Care Plan programs such as joint replacement, spine treatment or neurological care.
All applications will be processed through the Player Care Foundation, but may be submitted through either the Player Care Foundation or the NFL Alumni Offices. The grant applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, with reference to the following eligibility guidelines:
ALUMNI ADVOCACY & OTHER RESOURCES
Dignity After Football (Brent Boyd, et al) - www.dignityafterfootball.org/
Fourth & Goal (Bruce Laird, et al/Baltimore Colts) - fourthandgoalunites.com/
Harry (Carson)’s Hits - www.harrycarson.com/
NFL Alumni Association - www.nflalumni.org/
NFL Former Players blog - nflretirees.blogspot.com/
NFL Players Association Retired Player FAQs - http://www.nflplayers.com/about-us/FAQs/Former-Player-FAQs/"
Dave Pear’s blog (the unofficial blog for independent retired football players) - davepear.com/blog/
RetiredPlayes.org - retiredplayers.org/
If you know of other sites for information which are not listed here, please contact us to have them added.
ESCs ALUMNI LINKS
Endzone Sports Charities administers the online Broncos Alumni group (BAg) at the social networking site, facebook. This closed (private) group is open to alumni ONLY. To join this group, if you have not already done so, go to www.facebook.com and sign up. Facebook users can then send a request to join this diverse and growing group, by clicking here.