THREAD IS THE LINKEDIN FOR NFL WOMEN.

THREAD IS A FREE PRIVATE SOCIAL NETWORK FOR NFL SPOUSES (CURRENT AND FORMER), MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS OF FORMER AND CURRENT NFL PLAYERS AND COACHES.

If you are interested in becoming a brand sponsor - please open conversations with Jacqueline Flanangan at jsflanagan@nflthread.net or cynthiazordich@nflthread.net.

The THREAD Network offers a much needed tool to search for league women (by team, city, roster, name) and to connect directly and privately. It also acts as an excellent recruitment tool to attract new members to existing programs, groups and organizations.

With personal profile pages, the ability to post, blog, email, direct message and live chat, THREAD is an excellent private resource for promoting individual business, building personal brand, social connection, and exposure to resources that are designed to empower league women.

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THREAD is an information network, offering up-to-date league information directly from the NFL, NFPLE, NFPLA and The Trust. THREAD is a secure, safe, exclusive network designed to blanket league women with a support system as they navigate through the various stages of life during and after their league experience.

Because of the intimate nature of the subject matter, THREAD will be closed to the public and only accessible to NFL women.

 

PHASE ll: The Playbook    

The Playbook, an annual off-season playbook to be made available to all 32 NFL teams and distributed to all NFL Players and families. The Purpose of Th Playbook is to arm NFL families with an off-season game plan and featured resources, events, initiatives and networks available to them during the off-season.

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Cynthia Zordich, co-author of  When The Clock Runs Out and NFLPE contributing author is collecting life stories, quotes and quips from current and former NFL wives, spouses, mothers, daughters - all women of influence in a NFL player's or coach's life for Volume One of The Playbook, an annual off-season playbook that will be distributed exclusively to NFL Families to prep them for the many great opportunities, groups, initiatives and events that take place during the off-season.

“Whether a precautionary tale or success story, I believe we can all learn from our varying NFL experiences and unique perspectives,” explains Zordich, wife of former NFL Safety and current UM DB Coach, Michael Zordich.”

Life stories may be revealed in many forms: a quote, a secret, a lyric, a drawing, a full life chronicle. Submissions may also be anonymous. "There are many women out there who have lived through extraordinary circumstances," shares Zordich. "What I have found is that NFL women steer the ship. They are the silent captains who guide the family through active roster/transition/retirement. The NFL circle of life happens in a blink. With so many outstanding former league women out there, sharing our experiences will offer clarity, encouragement and perspective to incoming league women.

A compilation of these submissions along with feature stories, profiles, league information, networking opportunities and relevant league content, will make up Volume One of The Playbook, to be made available to all 32 NFL teams and distributed to all NFL families. 

“My intention is to offer up life experiences and a private network so that current and former NFL women can discover that their situation may not be isolated,” says Zordich. “That others may be dealing with the same issues. Finding that you are not alone is paramount when you are thrown into new terrain and are adapting to life as a league woman. I regard former wives as the gatekeepers. We have the wisdom and it is up to us to light the way for the incoming girls as they come in and exit the game.”

Besides revealing a circle of support, Zordich's goal is to provoke all incoming league women to consider personal and professional well-being early on and to encourage them to dive into existing resources already established with their future success in mind. Resources such as: NFL Player Engagement, Off The Field Players Wives Association, Sisters In Sports and several ever growing on-line private resource groups such that have been created to encourage engagement.

“No matter what aspect of the game we are a part of - we are all a part of the same family. We need to assist each other as we navigate through the various facets of the NFL. We need to empower each other with knowledge, support and outreach.”

The Playbook Content Submission Form.

Name (OPTIONAL)
Name (OPTIONAL)
Challenges, Expectations, Financial Security, Legal Issues, Safety and Security, Domestic, Health, Nutrition, Education, Career, Family, Transitioning, Retirement, and Benefits, etc.
Life Story, League Experience, Quote, Question, Thought, Concern, Suggestion, Complaint.
Please note if you would like to remain anonymous
Please note if you prefer an interview and written story. All interviews conducted by phone and written by Cynthia Zordich. Option for anonymity still pertains.

TO HELP US GATHER RELEVANT FUTURE PLAYBOOK CONTENT PLEASE FILL OUT THE ATTACHED QUESTIONNAIRE