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.
Alumnus of the Month (May 2016 – Derrick Deese)
The Northern California Chapter is very proud to announce Derrick Deese as May’s Alumnus of the Month!!
Derrick spent the majority of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, playing from 1992 through 2003. He played in the 49ers win in Super Bowl XXIX vs the San Diego Chargers in 1995. During this time, he primarily played the position of left tackle. He played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004 and 2005. Throughout his career, he was one of the most versatile linemen in the league, having played all five positions on the offensive line during his career.
Deese prepped at Culver City High School, and is in the Culver City High School Hall Of Fame. He went on to play college football at the University of Southern California (USC) after playing at El Camino College in Torrance, California and is also in the California JC Football Hall Of Fame.
Following his professional football career, Deese jumped into a media career co-hosting a national weekend radio show on Fox Sports Radio. Currently retired, he has his own foundation (PATCHWorks Foundation www.PATCHWorksfoundation.org) and has coached at Kennedy High School in La Palma, Ca. Deese continues to be active in the NFL alumni community by being involved in different charity fundraisers such as the Wounded Warriors game during Super Bowl 50 week, and the Forever Young Organization. Deese was also an organizer of the NFL Player Party during Super Bowl 50 week raising funds for the Navy Seal Foundation and the Forever Young Foundation along with Steve Young, Junior Bryant and Bryant Young.
In addition to his involvement with different charity organizations, Deese has a passion to have a positive impact in the lives of many youth by coaching and mentoring. Recently a student which Deese had positive impact on, was signed into the “National Junior Honor Society” with a perfect GPA of 4.0. This student expressed how Deese’s influence had a lot to do with his ability to accomplish such an achievement. As a retired NFL player, Deese continues to have a desire to give back and leave a positive impact, in hopes to hear many more success stories from those that he mentors.
Fred Willis Talks About NFL Brotherhood and Increasing the Quality of Life for Retired NFL Players
Fred Willis, former NFL Player, and Founder, President & CEO of HPN Neurologic recently visited the NFL ALumni Northern California Chapter to talk about raising awareness and consciousness for retired NFL players suffering the symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome/TBI/CTE.
Repetitive mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), such as that experienced by Retired NFL Players, has been associated with the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Fred and his associates at HPN Neurologic invited former players in the San Francisco Bay Area to participate in HPN Neurologic Clinical Treatment Trial Studies and receive a Free Intake Evaluation.
“I want to thank my NFL Brothers in Northern California for their courage to face the serious cognitive impairment issues (Post-Concussion Syndrome) that appears to affect so many former retired NFL players. I would also like to thank Dr. Eileen Roberts and Dr. Kimberly Bell and their staff for showing such responsibility and attention to the health, well-being, and safety of my NFL brothers. And finally special thanks to two amazing men, Dave August and Russ Isaacson of the NFL Alumni Northern California office in Redwood City for their display of kindness and concern for everyone who attended. To them I say ‘the power of giving is your ticket to changing the world.'” -Fred Willis Former NFL Player and Founder, CEO HPN Neurologic
For more info on Fred Willis and HPN Neurologic’s focus on the increasing of the quality of life side of post-football related issues and treatment of the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome, TBI/CTE, visit HPN Neurologic’s HPN Concussion Management web site.
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