NFL High School Player Development Program Presented by the National Guard To Be Held at 200 Sites in all 50 States This Spring and Summer 

More than 40,000 high school football players will focus on character development, life skills and on-field techniques from May-August as part of the NFL High School Player Development (HSPD) program which is presented by the National Guard through the NFL Youth Football Fund. 

Since its inception in 2001, the HSPD program has provided participants with a curriculum that focuses on inspiring excellence in the classroom, community, and on the playing field. The program, which is funded by the National Guard through the NFL Youth Football Fund, is free for students and will be implemented at more than 200 sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico this spring and summer. 

The character development and life skills portion of the week often features guest speakers and discussions on life after high school. Students also will take part in a Center for Disease Control (CDC) session about player safety, including concussion treatment and management. 

This is the fourth year of the National Guard’s sponsorship of the HSPD program. During each session, members of the National Guard will speak with participants about personal development and community service while providing support to coaches on site. 

Each participant receives an HSPD Student Planner, NCAA initial eligibility requirements, and time management instruction. 

On-field components of the HSPD program include fundamental skill development by position, reviews, and individual competitions. As part of on-field training, players focus on both an offensive and defensive position, and eventually apply their newly-learned fundamentals to live drills. Participants have access to innovative teaching and drills developed by leading NCAA coaches. The 2012 Instructional DVD and Practice Plan was produced by Vanderbilt University .

In addition, HSPD kits will be sent to high school football coaches nationwide this year, impacting more than one million high school football players. 

Please visit www.nflhspd.com for the most up-to-date information on HSPD sites. 

About the NFL Youth Football Fund 

Established in 1998 by the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) seeks to use football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development, support youth and high school football needs nationwide and ensure the health of amateur football participation. Through the YFF’s youth football initiatives and support programs, young athletes are provided with opportunities to learn the game of football, get physically fit and stay involved in productive after-school activities with adult mentors. The YFF also provides youngsters with safe and accessible places to play, as well as programs and initiatives that address the importance of proper coaching, health and safety and life skills development. For more information, visit http://www.nflyff.org/

About the Army National Guard

The Army National Guard is the oldest component of the United States armed forces. The first militia regiments were organized by the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on December 13, 1636. From the Pequot War in 1637 until the present day, the Army National Guard has participated in every war or conflict this nation has fought. The motto of the today’s National Guard is “always ready, always there.” The Guard is proud to support young, aspiring student-athletes by providing them with an opportunity to develop fundamental football skills by position, reviews and individual competitions in combination with mandatory character development instruction. The Guard not only protects communities in times of natural disaster but they also provide emergency assistance in extreme situations, which requires teamwork, dedication, determination, and innovation. As these high school athletes will soon learn, the qualities and skills needed to serve as a citizen-soldier are also the qualities essential to making a great football player. 


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 May 12, 2012, in NFL Alumni News. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Mike Bartrum

    I played 13 years in the NFL. I am excited
    about God’s opportunity in my life recently
    as I was named Meigs High School head
    football coach 3 weeks ago. We are located
    in Pomeroy, Ohio and we would love for our
    football players to have the chance to be
    involved in such a great program. Please let
    us know how to make this happen and we
    will do whatever it takes to get our players

    Mike Bartrum – Chiefs ’93, Packers ’95
    Patriots ’96 – ’99
    Eagles ’00 – ’07
    Meigs Head Football Coach
    (740) 416-5443

  2. There needs to be information circulated among retired players concerning the concussion legal proceedings in Philadelphia, could be monitored by the FBI for any bribes or “under the table deals”.

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