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Browns S Jordan Poyer, OL Karim Barton Participate in NFLPA Externship Program

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Early last week, the NFLPA released a statement that included the list of players who were selected to participate in their second annual externship program. 25 current and transitioning NFL players were placed in three-week positions in various industries, including two players from the Cleveland Browns: safety Jordan Poyer and offensive lineman Karim Barton.

The blurb below explains the purpose of the program:

The unique opportunity allows current and transitioning players to gain comprehensive experience in areas they may want to pursue after football. For three weeks during the offseason, externs will spend time with various organizations that are committed to providing insight on their respective industries, assigning real-world projects, and offering feedback to the externs on what would make them more marketable. ... In most cases, player participants commit to three weeks away from their families and hometowns, which is a significant sacrifice during the offseason.

Poyer's externship was with ESPN 980 in Washington D.C., the same place where former Browns safety Mike Adams was also conducting his externship. Barton's externship was with Under Armour. The program is set to conclude on March 6th, so both players are wrapping up their duties. You can listen to one of Poyer's interviews here.