New National League Of Cities Partnership Reflects Strength of Alumni Members
Many NFL alumni have been involved over the decades in civic and judicial advocacy in their hometown or in the city where they settled after their playing careers.
Some alumni have represented their local district in a national role as U.S. Congressmen. The late Jack Kemp (who served in Congress from 1971-89) and Steve Largent (1994-2002) were active for many years in the House of Representatives. Burgess Owens, Anthony Gonzalez and Colin Allred currently follow in their footsteps in Congress.
NFL retired players also have served over the years as state senators such as Napoleon Harris currently does in Illinois. Dwayne Woodruff and Dick Ambrose are respected county judges. Former players such as national Alumni Board Member Erron Kinney are public servants protecting their local community as fire department chiefs or local law enforcement officers.
Earlier this month, the National League of Cities (NLC) announced a partnership with NFL Alumni to support major civic efforts in cities, towns and villages where you members live. The NLC clearly recognizes and respects the work that NFL alumni perform and the high visibility and name recognition that so many of you have in your community. NLC represents more than 200 million people in towns across America.
On the other hand, we all know the negative media coverage that is generated when one of our alumni brothers breaks the law or is involved in a devastating tragedy such as the deaths that occurred in Rock Hill, South Carolina last week. We all suffer to some degree as NFL players when these senseless acts take place.
However, the strength of our Alumni organization is that thousands of you are hard-working, law-abiding citizens who show leadership in responsible jobs in many diverse fields.
“We at NFL Alumni are excited about the opportunity this NLC partnership presents to continue to support our local leaders to make communities more productive,” says Alumni CEO Beasley Reece. “I know that many of our members look forward to using our visible platforms in a positive way to create a safer environment through NLC-directed initiatives.”
We at NFL Alumni will keep you updated on how you can help make this new NLC partnership more productive for you, your family and your community.