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Diem, Reid among participants in NFL business programs

2/17/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
Six active players from the AFC South will participate this offseason in NFL business management and entrepreneurial program workshops at some of the top business schools in the country.

The program is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers. Since the program's 2005 inception, 407 players have participated in sessions at the four business schools.

The programs run from four to eight days, with the longer ones split into two pieces.

Houston guard Scott Jackson and Indianapolis defensive lineman and special team ace Darrell Reid will soon go to Harvard for a program with an emphasis on entrepreneurial opportunities and business management. During the break between the two sessions, players develop a business plan that they discuss with faculty members when they return to campus.

Indianapolis guard Ryan Diem and Jacksonville running back Alvin Pearman will be part of the program at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where the focus will be on developing and selling a brand and evaluating franchise opportunities.

Tennessee linebacker and special teamer Josh Stamer will go to the Stanford Graduate School of Business in March for a program that seeks to broaden a player's understanding of how to evaluate business opportunities in general and in the sports industry specifically.

And Jacksonville guard Maurice Williams will make two visits to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for a program that will hit on financial analysis, entrepreneurship, real estate development, stock market investing, negotiation skills, risk management, and community reinvestment. Retired Indianapolis offensive tackle Tarik Glenn will also participate it the Wharton program.