21st Annual Player Networking Event

Fri, Feb 5, 2021, 12:00 PM (EST)

About this event


PNE was established in 2001 as a career transition initiative of National Football League’ (NFL) Player Development. In 2003, the NFL provided Troupe21 and Associates with exclusive rights to administer PNE as an NFL Sanctioned Super Bowl Event. Designed to teach active and former NFL players the value of networking—PNE targets individuals and corporations interested in supporting this aim.

Each year approximately 75 active/former players, 400 corporate executives and 20-40 exhibitors attend this invitation-only event. Exhibitors are typically focused on marketing opportunities to players (e.g. autograph signings, speaking engagements, shadowing, internship, employment, consulting, franchising, partnerships, etc.). PNE also serves as a launchpad and promotional venue for athlete-owned businesses and charities. Due to COVID-19 our Friday, February 5, 2021 event has been reengineered as a virtual experience where NFL executives and players educate high school and college athletes.


To help active and former athletes maximize opportunities Super Bowl weekend.


To announce, launch and promote various initiatives.

To showcase successfully transitioned former athletes.

To provide a networking platform for football players. 


To create five regional mentoring networks for high school football players.

To hire five former football players as regional ambassadors. 

To facilitate 5,000 minutes of virtual education for high school and college football players in transition..