Caring for Kids: It’s Our Mission Beyond the Gridiron

The NFL Alumni is a charitable organization composed of former professional football players guided in their volunteer efforts by the mission statement “Caring for Kids,” and who are dedicated to work on behalf of youth and charity. The Northern California Chapter is based in Redwood City, California, and conducts events at its headquarters office and throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

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Alumnus of the Month (August 2016 – Jerry Mertens)

Jerry Mertens

The NFL Alumni Northern California Chapter is pleased to announce chapter co-founder Jerry Mertens as our Alumnus of the Month for August!

Jerry Mertens was born January 5, 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin. He is a former cornerback who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers.

Mertens, a high-school standout at Racine Saint Catherine’s, was named to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1958, his rookie season. Mertens was officially a member of the 49ers during the 1966 season, although his playing days were over. Jerry ended his own career when he delivered a bone crushing hit to Jim Taylor for a six-yard loss, which resulted in him breaking his neck. He was forced to sit on the sidelines for the remainder of the game. The doctors had failed in finding the fractured bones, until the next day when he had awoken from chronic pain in his neck. He spent nine months in a full body cast, but eventually had a full recovery. After retiring at the age of 30, Mertens settled into a career as a fertilizer broker and most importantly for us, working for kids’ programs as a member of the NFL Alumni.

He and his wife Karen also helped raise his three children – Gregory, Debbie and Lauri – and now have four grandchildren (Jamie, Stephanie, Scott, and Gregory) in the San Francisco bay area. Jerry was one of the founding fathers of the San Francisco Chapter of NFL Alumni, which evolved over time into the current NFL Alumni chapter for all of Northern California. Jerry proudly served three times as elected president of our chapter, a position he held for over 10 years. Please join us in honoring Jerry as our Alumnus of the Month!

Jerry Mertens

Our Caring for Kids Initiatives

Annual Charity Golf Classic

The NFL Alumni Northern California Chapter holds its Annual Charity Golf Classic each June. Now in its 34th year, the tournament proceeds are used to support the Association’s mission of Caring for Kids. Each year, the NFL Alumni selects a former Raider and 49er as their Annual Honorees. After a fun day on the course, everyone comes in for a dinner program that includes video highlights, a live auction, and presentations to the honorees. It’s a great event where former players get to reminisce with their former teammates and rivals, and share the experience with you, their newfound friends and sponsors. All for the sake of raising funds for Caring for Kids.

NFL Alumni - Northern California Chapter 16th Annual Klays For Kids Sporting Clays Team Challenge Friday, October 14th, 2016

The NFL Alumni Association Northern California Chapter conducts their annual Klays for Kids team challenge event that support youth scholarships, sports, and programs throughout the year. Sporting clays is a form of clay pigeon shooting, often described as “golf with a shotgun” because a typical course includes various different shooting stations laid out over natural terrain. The NFL Alumni team challenge shooting format consists of teams of five, which include a celebrity captain. The shooting is fun, safe and is all in the spirit of charity.Come Join Us at This Year's Challenge!

Drug Prevention Program

The NFL Alumni Association conducts educational forums that reach out to youth about substance abuse and the perils of drugs and alcohol. Red Ribbon Drug Awareness Day Event Chair Carolyn Hoskins coordinates an exceptional group of former NFL players and coaches to speak to these kids. Some have given emotionally captivating self-portraits of their lives as athletes who struggled with addiction, yet rehabilitated themselves to turn their lives around and become leaders. Your donations help support this extraordinary program.

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