Dolphins TE Anthony Fasano was among the players who traded in cleats for notebooks this week at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
“Not only is it eye opening, all the material, but also the people that are getting it to us. The professors keep you engaged,” Fasano told PFW in a phone interview in between classes on Wednesday. “These are long days without a lot of free time, but we’re getting a lot of value out of it.”
The NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program hosted 25 players at Kellogg this week and had a session last month at Harvard. The five-day session underscores “the fundamentals of investing and how to create and finance new ventures.”
“Personally, I came here to be able to evaluate some investment opportunities on my own instead of depending on other people to do that,” Fasano said.
Joining Fasano at Kellogg include his Dolphins teammate Ryan Cook, former Ravens WR Lee Evans, Steelers UFA QB Charlie Batch, Colts OT Winston Justice, Buccaneers OL Jeremy Zuttah and Redskins CB Josh Wilson.
“The player interaction and what you learn from your peers is pretty helpful as well," he said.
The program is part of the NFL Player Engagement initiatives, which focuses on assisting players to prepare for their lives when their playing days are over.
"It’s a no-brainer for the NFL to offer this to players," Fasano said about the NFL's efforts to educate players. "I think it’s a credit to all the players to use this service and this opportunity and keep it popular year in and year out with a couple different programs."
Fasano, 27, is entering his seventh season in the NFL and fifth with the Dolphins. He played his college ball at Notre Dame. On the field, Fasano had 32 catches for 451 yards and five touchdowns last season. He has 19 career scores and has amassed more than 30 receptions in each of his seasons in Miami.
The Dolphins have been under fire for their inability to make a big splash in free agency, which has brought ire from the fans in the direction of GM Jeff Ireland, but Fasano said he has not paid attention.
“I missed all the drama. I don’t pay attention to it. I’m not even caught up on the drama, and I prefer it that way."
Fasano said he met with new head coach Joe Philbin and that it was a “great first meeting.”
“It’s hard to predict where our philosophy will go," he said. "But I have confidence in the staff that’s been put together and I look forward to it."