Photos of Drew Brees from the 2014 season. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. New Orleans Saints photos.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will take part in NFL Boot Camp: Franchising Friday through Monday, April 20. Brees will be among 22 current and former NFL players participating in the event.
The event will take place at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, named for Miami Dolphins Owner Stephen M. Ross. Ross will serve as the keynote speaker for the four-day event.
Participants will hear from franchisees, franchise owners, professors and former players, as well as executives at the International Franchise Association (IFA). Ross, the chairman, and founder of Related Companies, an international real estate firm, will open the program as the keynote speaker. In addition, former NFL players with franchise ownership experience, including Tim Biakabatuka, owner of four Bojangles' locations, Angelo Crowell, owner of five Jersey Mike's Subs locations, and Van Jakes, owner of three McDonalds locations, will take part in panel discussions.
The following are the NFL players participating in the NFL Boot Camp Franchising in addition to Brees: Ken Amato, Ron Bartell, Nathan Clements, Sanders Commings, Morgan Cox, Graham Gano, Joshua Gordy, Corey Graham, Devin Hester, Darren Howard, J.J. Jansen, Jason Jones, Steve Maneri, Michael Martin, Brad Nortman, Fendi Onobun, Darryl Sharpton II, Shaun Suisham, Adalius Thomas, Steven Vallos, Van Waiters. NFL Player Engagement assists players in reaching their highest potential on and off-the-field with guidance, support, and resources provided before, during, and after their NFL experiences. NFL Player Engagement works with three core audiences: Prep, Life, and Next. NFL Life (current players) and NFL Next (former players) reach more than 2,000 NFL players and spouses each year through a variety of programs and services focused on career development, financial and continuing education, as well as personal, psychological, and physical wellness. NFL Prep provides high-school and college student-athletes of all sports with tools to help them succeed in life, focused on awareness, prevention, and education. More information can be found here.