The NFL announced today that former NFL head coach Tony Dungy will lead a new NFL Player Advisory Forum that will involve a regular series of meetings in various cities with NFL players to help provide input to the commissioner’s office on policies, programs and issues that affect the lives of players on and off the field.
Brian Dawkins is one of the players involved, along with fellow Pro Bowlers Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens and Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals.
“It’s an honor and privilege to work with Coach Dungy,” Dawkins said. “This will be a great new way for players working with Coach Dungy to be part of the process of improving the league for everybody.”
Some of the topics discussed will include player health and safety, personal conduct, game rules and procedures, career transition and player development.
Dungy will organize the meetings, identify the players in attendance and develop a list of topics for discussion. Commissioner Roger Goodell will attend each meeting, and the NFL Players Association has been invited to send a representative.
“Input from the players to the commissioner’s office and vice versa is so important in helping our league and our players be the best they can be, on and off the field,” Dungy said. “The commissioner asked me if I would lead this initiative and to me it is exciting to be in a position to help our players.”