The Atlanta Falcons will have a number of players enrolled in continuing education and various NFL development programs during this offseason.
At the end of the 2012 NFL season, the Falcons featured 43 players on their active roster with their undergraduate degrees. CB Asante Samuel (Central Florida), LB Mike Peterson (Florida), and RB Jacquizz Rodgers (Oregon State) have each enrolled in classes at their respective universities to complete undergraduate degrees, while DT Corey Peters has enrolled in a Masters' program at Michigan State, and WR Drew Davis is preparing to take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in order to persue a Masters degree.
The Falcons also have a number of players enrolled in various NFL continuing education programs. S William Moore has been accepted into the NFL's Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University. Over the course of four days at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, Moore will work with top industry professionals and engage in discussions and interactive workshops covering all aspects of the music industry and next steps for how to advance their passion for this field.
WR Kerry Meier has been accepted into the Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program, Investment for Impact at the University of Notre Dame. Through this program, Meier will learn keys to turn ideas into sustainable social ventures that apply standard market principals to address a specific social, humanitarian, environmental, or human need.
LB Stephen Nicholas and TE Michael Palmer have both been accepted into the NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy in Charlotte, NC. The NFL-NCAA Coaches Academy is designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the world of coaching. The NFL and NCAA have initiated this effort to broaden players' perspectives about what it takes to be an effective coach at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.
T Will Svitek has been accepted into the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program at Stanford: How to Create & Evaluate Business Opportunities. This program is designed to build and strengthen players' abilities to critically evaluate ideas for new business ventures and draw upon the personal strengths and financial assets of a professional athlete. It is designed to equip players with a set of skills and a "tool kit" to make better business decisions.
CB Dunta Robinson has been accepted into the NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School: Transitioning for Success & Exploring Real Estate Investments. The Wharton program is designed to support NFL players in making preparations for life after football by providing the fundamentals for success in business and teaching players ways to build a solid financial foundation for long-term stability.