You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 1 p.m.

First-ever NFL 'franchising boot camp' to take place in Ann Arbor

By Kellie Woodhouse

The National Football League will host a four-day conference in Ann Arbor devoted to helping players adjust to life after football.

Ross School of Business.jpg

The Ross School of Business

File photo |

The league's first-ever 'franchising boot camp' will take place at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business beginning April 26, 2013, according to a news release.

The conference, cosponsored by the International Franchise Association, is intended to assist 20 current and former players and their spouses who are considering joining the franchising business. Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who owned and sold hundreds of Hardees and Quincy Steakhouse restaurants, will offer the seminar's keynote speech, according to the release. Other franchisees, former players, business executives and professors also will offer advice.

The camp is part of a series of events —dubbed player engagement initiatives by the league— intended to help NFL players find post-league employment. Previous camps have focused on the music and entertainment industries.

”As we continue to educate in post-playing experience career opportunities, we are excited to work with IFA and the Ross School of Business to offer the most comprehensive franchising education to our players,” Troy Vincent, NFL vice president of player engagement, said in a news release.

U-M's business school gets its namesake from Stephen M. Ross, majority owner of the Miami Dolphins and a major U-M donor.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.


Kyle Mattson

Mon, Dec 10, 2012 : 7:10 p.m.

Pro athletes have cash and personal clout making them a match made in heaven for franchises. What I'm wondering is: How long will it be until Denard Robinson opens a Running Fit location?