Ex-NFL Players to Throw Fundraiser for Youth Scholarship Program

 Fans can meet and greet former faces of the NFL and win a trip to the 2014 Pro Bowl


CHICAGO — The Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago (RPFPC), the charitable arm of the NFL Players Association of Chicago, is hosting its annual Pro Bowl Raffle event and Chicago Bears Viewing Party on Sunday, December 15 from 11 AM to 3 PM at Moretti’s Ristorante & Pizzeria, located at 6727 North Olmsted Avenue in Chicago, Ill. All proceeds from the day will benefit RPFPC’s youth football equipment grant and scholarship program for Chicagoland students.

 The family-friendly event, which is open to the public, will feature more than 30 former NFL players who will be on hand to sign autographs and memorabilia, and mingle with fans as they watch the Bears take on the Cleveland Browns. The organization will also raffle off an all-expense paid trip to Hawaii for the 2014 Pro Bowl weekend experience during halftime. The package for two includes airfare, hotel accommodations, ground transportation, tickets to the game, and VIP access to Pro Bowl parties and events.

 „What a great opportunity for folks to come out and spend the afternoon with more than 30 former NFL players, have a chance to win a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, and support the continuing education of local high school students in need,” said NFLPA Chicago and RPFPC President Marques Sullivan. „There’s absolutely nothing like this going on in Chicago. We are thrilled to partner with Morreti’s, the Brotherhood of the Fallen and Albany Park Community Center to make this possible.” 

 Former NFL players scheduled to be in attendance include (but not limited to):

  • Bob Avellini (Chicago Bears)
  • Harold Blackmon (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Dava Blaha (Denver Broncos)
  • Greg Bloedorn (Seattle Seahawks)
  • Simon Chandler (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Ron Cheathem (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Jason Davis (Chicago Bears)
  • Brian Glasgow (Chicago Bears)
  • Mark Green (Chicago Bears)
  • Jermaine Hampton (Indianapolis Colts)
  • Tom Hicks (Chicago Bears)
  • Mike Hoban (Chicago Bears)
  • Bobbie Howard (Chicago Bears)
  • John Janata (Chicago Bears)
  • Corey Mays (Kansas City Cheifs)
  • Dan Morjal (Chicago Bears)
  • J.R. Niklos (Cleveland Browns)
  • Brent Novoselsky (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Adrian Peterson (Chicago Bears)
  • Bill Schick (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Les Shy (Dallas Cowboys)
  • Reggie Smith (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Shafer Suggs (New York Jets)
  • Marques Sullivan (Buffalo Bills)
  • Nate Turner (Buffalo Bills)
  • Tim Tyrrell (Atlanta Falcons)
  • Michael Wilson (Cleveland Browns)
  • Ryan Yarborough (New York Jets)


Food and drink specials will also be available to those in attendance, and music will be provided by DJ Nikki X.

 While there is no charge to attend the event, only those who have purchased VIP tickets will be granted access to the autograph session, which will run from 11 AM to noon, and receive an official RPFPC T-shirt. VIP tickets range from $10 to $25 and can be purchased online at www.rpfpc.org. 

 About The NFL Players Association, Former Players – Chicago Chapter

The NFL Players Association, Former Players – Chicago Chapter is one of 37 former NFL player chapters in the nation. The primary function of the organization is to help raise funds through the chapter’s 501c3 establishment, the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago, to benefit and support the Chicagoland youth educationally and athletically. In 2012, the Chicago chapter was voted „Chapter of the Year” for its outstanding work in the community. For more information, please visit www.rpfpc.com.


About The Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago

Founded in 1985 to principally support a former professional player’s second career or life after football, the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago is a not-for-profit service organization of former professional football players who work voluntarily to support area youth and charities.