A few years back, Falcons players Kevin Cone and Stephen Nicholas walked into Kevin Winston’s office in Flowery Branch. They wanted to make plans for the post-NFL careers. Winston, the team’s senior director of player affairs, coordinates the team’s Falcons University program, which encourages players to consider life after football. Cone, who wanted to get into collegiate sports, works in the athletic department at Georgia Tech, and Nicholas, who wanted to get into coaching, was named an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday after coaching three years at South Florida. A group of 20 Falcons gathered at NCR’s world headquarters in Midtown for the latest round of classes with several chief executive officers and executives from their staffs to discuss careers in technology, franchising and real estate. “We are giving guys a chance to have an unique experience and get immersed in different fields within the business world,” Winston said. “They picked a particular company, shadowed executives and were exposed to different departments within the company.” Falcons owner Arthur Blank addressed the players. Fred Weir, president of Zaxbys’ Atlanta co-op, executives from NCR, Falcons president Rich McKay and Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury were some of the speakers.
Several Falcons planning ahead for life after the NFL
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Feb 25