Don has seamlessly transitioned from a successful NFL career to his current role as a business executive. His leadership has transformed the union’s player affairs operations, expanded player services and outreach, while also establishing detailed metrics for success and accountability.
Don facilitates a culture of collaboration, innovation and excellence. His track record of success includes securing $730,000 for the launch of the NFLPA One Team PAC and the design and launch of the NFLPA Annual Leadership Summit to identify and train future NFLPA board members.
A dynamic personality, Don has been a widely sought after national speaker and facilitator; one who is respected for his leadership, tenacity and precise business acumen.
In addition to speaking to NFL players on a regular basis, Don has had the privilege to provide impactful messages to business leaders and organizations.
Man of Integrity
Don is a devoted husband and loving father; he truly lives a life of faith and service while empowering, protecting and improving the lives of NFL players.
Don’s professional journey also includes serving with Pro Athletes Outreach (PAO) as Director of NFL Programs. PAO, a conference based ministry, is exclusively for professional athletes who are attempting to balance football, family, finances and faith.
Don's 11-year playing career started with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and ended with the New England Patriots as a 2x Super Bowl Champion. Upon retirement from football, he was handpicked by Coach Bill Belichick to serve as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Team Chaplain.
A proud graduate of the University of Kansas, Don received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Development. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University and recently received his doctorate within George Washington University’s Human and Organizational Learning Department.