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Dolphins Players Going Back To School At Harvard and Kellogg Business Schools

Posted Mar 12, 2012

Four current members of the Miami Dolphins are going to broaden their horizons over the next month as part of the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program.

Four current members of the Miami Dolphins are going to broaden their horizons over the next month as part of the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program.

Tight end Anthony Fasano, left guard Richie Incognito, offensive lineman Ryan Cook and defensive lineman Ryan Baker are among the 66 players who enrolled in the five-day program, which takes place at the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Since its inception in 2005 more than 700 players have taken participated in the program.

“We are excited to continue this program, which has been beneficial to so many of our players,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement and former Dolphins cornerback Troy Vincent, who has attended each of the business management programs. “Over the years, the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program has assisted players – myself included – and their families in making smarter business decisions while inspiring others to go back to school for an MBA.”

Baker and Incognito will be taught by full-time faculty members at Harvard from March 19-23 and will learn how to develop a business idea or plan in areas like investments, real estate and retailing. This program is designed to assist players in planning for their careers after football.

“It’ll be great and we’re staying right on campus so we’ll be able to immerse ourselves in that environment for a whole week,” Incognito said. “I just want to take it all in because it’s one of the most renowned schools in the entire world so I’m excited about it. It’s customized and geared towards the things we need to succeed after football so I think it’s going to be fun.”

Cook and Fasano will be in the Kellogg workshop for the first week of April from April 1-5. That program will focus on entrepreneurship, underscoring the fundamentals of investing and how to create and finance new ventures. Kellogg faculty members will teach classes on topics such as entrepreneurial finance, angel investing, equity versus debt capital, effective negotiating, and marketing in the nanosecond world.

In order to participate in either workshop players have to complete an application process and the program has grown in popularity. Enrollment criteria includes level of education, professional business experience, interest in starting, owning, or managing a business and leadership and community involvement.

Other current Dolphins that have participated in the program are punter Brandon Fields (2009) and long snapper John Denney (2009 and 2010). Former Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor also participated in 2010.

“It’s just a good opportunity that the NFL presents us with,” Incognito added. “I think it’s important to guys coming in and you end up expanding your horizons and you start thinking about making the transition to the next part of your life.”
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