District of Columbia Housing Authority youth recently met up with several former National Football League players to discuss sports, success, and the possibilities in their futures.
DCHA’s Office of Public Safety took 17 youth from various properties to the National Football League Players Association on September 18. They met Andre Collins, a linebacker who played 10 seasons in the NFL beginning in 1990 with the Washington Redskins; Carl Morris, a wide receiver who played for five seasons with five different teams; and Johnathan Reese, who was a running back for the New York Jets for three and a half seasons. They also heard from individuals working for the NFLPA Trust, which assists former players transitioning out of the NFL.
The youth were able to ask several questions about the players’ lives and paths to NFL success. The players focused on the importance of college, what they majored in, and how they use that in their lives after being a professional football player. Women from the NFLPA Trust focused on women’s roles in professional football and the available careers in sports, such as jobs at the organization’s headquarters.
Following photo and autograph sessions, lunch, and backpack giveaways, the youth and players watched the Washington Redskins’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.
DCHA thanks the NFLPA, the Sports Car Club of America, and everyone who helped create this fun-filled day.