The National Football League Alumni Association received up to $3,500,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to promote the COVID-19 vaccine, TMZ Sports Learned.
The U.S. federal procurement documents show the CDC and NFL Alumni assoc. A multi-million dollar deal was signed in early May.
The total contract value is 3.5 million US dollars… This money is dedicated to the “NFL Alumni (NFLA) Health COVID-19 Vaccination Community Outreach and Education Project”.
For reference only, the NFL Alumni Association was founded in 1967 by a group of retired football players. The current chairman of the organization is a former New York Giants winger, Bart Oates.
This NFL Alumni Website Have pro-COVID-19 vax recommendations from former NFL stars, such as Franco Harris, Rod Woodson and Harry Carson, Among others.
The site also has a “vaccination tracker” and a link to the location of vax.
This team is a different entity from the NFL… although you must have played or coached in the league to become a member.
Before granting the windfall, the CDC issued a notice of intent announcing the grant.
“This [CDC] It is intended to grant a fixed-price purchase order from an exclusive source company to the NFL Alumni Association (NFLA). The overall purpose of the contract is to promote cooperation between NFL alumni, federal state and local public health officials and other local leaders, and to solve the problem of vaccine hesitation through communication and contact with communities that are unlikely to be vaccinated. “
The notice continues… “The CDC Vaccine Working Group will work directly with NFLA to promote community-level and national COVID-19 education promotion and vaccination acceptance.”
The agreement with the former player is interesting because many current players and coaches are angry with the NFL’s new COVID vax rules
The league threatened that if unvaccinated players cause a COVID outbreak, they will cancel their match checks and even force their players to be confiscated.
29-year-old superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins Expressed his dissatisfaction with the rules on Twitter, even Imply consideration of retirement. Minnesota Vikings Assistant Coach Rick Dennison Even reassigned After refusing to shoot.
We have contacted CDC and NFL Alumni for comments…So far, no response has been received.