Notre Dame Football: Deke Cooper

Nearly two-dozen current and former NFL players will be at Notre Dame during the weekend of the annual Blue-Gold spring game, albeit for more than just spring football.

The NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial "Investment for Impact" program will take place April 18-21 at Notre Dame, hosting 13 current and 10 former NFL players.

Notre Dame graduates Brady Quinn and Jeff Faine helped start the program with NFL Player Engagement, and the two will speak at the event along with Warrick Dunn, Rick Mirer, Jeremy Bloom and Deke Cooper.

“The opportunity to play in the NFL has provided a platform to have an impact on our communities,” Quinn said in a statement. “It is my hope that through the Notre Dame Entrepreneurial program, attendees may learn how to invest with an impact for the greater good.”

Panels featuring experts from the academic and business world will take place.

And yes, a trip to Notre Dame Stadium for the spring game is included.

“I’m proud to have had a hand in bringing Investment for Impact to my alma mater, and assisting in forming a partnership between University of Notre Dame and the NFL for the continuing education of professional athletes,” Faine said in a statement. “It has been a longstanding goal to give back in a meaningful way to the game that has provided so much opportunity for me. This course will provide a template on how to bridge traditional business models with a focus on the greater good of humanity. I believe social entrepreneurship is the wave of the future.”

The following is a list of the 23 former and current NFL players scheduled to attend:

Jon Alston
Charlie Batch
David Bruton
Riki Ellison
Jeff Faine
Josh Gordy
Lamarr Gouston
Winston Justice
Sean Mahan
Corey Mays
Kyle McCarthy
Kerry Meier
Duke Preston
Brady Quinn
Vincent Rey
Mike Rivera
Harrison Smith
Stephen Spach
Shawntae Spencer
Matthew Tennant
Adalius Thomas
Gregory Tolver
Maurice Williams


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