What comes after the professional football careers of NFL players? For some of them it might be Hollywood. Twenty-two current and former NFL players have signed up for the second annual NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp. Directed by NFL Player Engagement and New York-based Film Life Inc., the March 11-15 event will provide a wide-ranging crash course on creative disciplines in the film industry including screen writing, directing, producing, and film financing. Session leaders include Legendary Pictures partner-producer and member of the Pittsburgh Steelers ownership group Thomas Tull (The Dark Knight, Inception, We Are Marshall), director-producer Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights), and writer-actor-director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats, Hollywood Shuffle). This spring’s group of current and former NFL players will include 2005 NFL MVP Shaun Alexander (Seattle, Washington DC) and four active first-round draft picks – Darrius Heyward-Bey (Raiders), Alex Mack (Browns) Gerald McCoy (Bucs), and Jared Odrick (Dolphins). Participants will have the opportunity to shoot and edit a short film at Universal.
Additional current and former NFL players enrolled in the upcoming boot camp are Ramses Barden (NY Giants), Hank Baskett (Vikings, Eagles), Desmond Bishop (Packers), Phillip Buchanon (former Raiders, Texans, Buccaneers, Lions, Redskins), Drew Carter (former Panthers), Carey Davis (former Colts, Falcons, Steelers), Justin Fargas (former Raiders), Derek Hagan (former Raiders), and Ben Leber (former Chargers, Vikings, Rams). Also Ryan McBean (Ravens), Ryan McNeil (former Lions, Rams, Browns, Cowboys, Chargers, Broncos), Zoltan Mesko (Patriots), Brandon Miree (former Packers), Marcus Price (former Chargers, Saints, Bills, Cowboys), L.J. Shelton (former (Cardinals, Browns, Dolphins, Chargers), Walter Thurmond (Seahawks), and Justin Tryon (Giants).