This week, the NFLPA released a statement that included the list of players who were selected to participate in their fifth annual externship program. 41 current and transitioning NFL players were placed in three-week positions in various industries, and the NFLPA says they fielded “a record 110 applications this winter from interested players.”
Unfortunately, none of the 41 selected players are current members of the Cleveland Browns, perhaps attributable to how young the team is? In total, 20 NFL teams are represented, with the Chicago Bears having the most players (four) partake in the program.
Therefore, we zone in on former Browns who are taking part in the externship program: WR Darius Jennings and LB Demario Davis. Jennings’ externship is with Events DC, which brands themselves as “the face of conventions, sports, entertainment and cultural events within our nation’s capital.” Additionally, Jennings will also do a little bit of work with Under Armour. Davis’ externship is with United Way, which “fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.”
For three weeks during the offseason, current and transitioning NFL players are provided practical experience in the workforce and insight into areas they may want to pursue after football. Externs will spend invaluable time with various organizations committed to providing insight into their fields, assigning impactful projects, offering feedback and creating networking opportunities.
The program runs through March 2. Players were prepped together the other day before heading out on their venture:
from #NFLPAExternship. pic.twitter.com/pJg4cWTek3— NFLPA (@NFLPA) February 12, 2018
There is one “Player to Be Named” who will work with Panini, but we don’t know if any Browns even applied for an externship.