NEXT MAN UP

THE NFL HAS ALWAYS BEEN A NEXT MAN UP LEAGUE - WE PROVIDE THE SOLUTION

Over the last decade, the NFL has seen injuries increase rapidly. The NFL Alumni Academy was created in 2020 to provide all 32 teams with in-season NFL-ready talent to fill spots opened due to injury.

Why The NFL Alumni Academy

Diet/Nutrition
Diet/Nutrition
Dr. Rob Wildman, one of the world’s leading nutritionists, is creating customized nutrition plans for each player at the Academy to fuel athletes, optimize their physical performance, and make their best better.
Performance Training
Performance Training
The players at the Academy are personally trained by Chip Smith, one of the foremost speed and strength experts in the world.
Life Skills
Life Skills
Led by former New York Giant and Super Bowl Champion Perry Williams, the men of the Academy will be given life coaching to improve their leadership.
Diversity Development Program
Diversity Development Program
The Diversity Development Program was created to prepare and promote minority former players for professional opportunities in elite levels of sports, including the NFL.
Football IQ
Football IQ
Developing football IQ can really be a difference-maker for a player on the cusp of the NFL. Each day, players work with coaches in the film room and on the whiteboard to improve their football IQ to make their game even more well-rounded.
Position Training
Position Training
Academy coaches work with players, focusing on position-specific details to improve their technique at a microscopic level.
Cognitive Training
Cognitive Training
Pure Sports Recovery & their expert staff manage our cognitive training program , using their unique neuro training program to improve the cognitive brain function of all the players at the Academy.
Sleep Science
Sleep Science
Pure Sports Recovery oversees the Academy’s sleep science program, creating a customized slumber curriculum for each player. This creates restful sleep, which is the foundation for physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
Wellness
TruFusion leads Academy Players through a twice-per-week wellness program to provide yoga and wellness training for our athletes and coaches.

2021 Academy Players

Aaron Adeoye
6ft
6In
270lbs
DL

ABOUT

Aaron Adeoye is a defensive end and outside linebacker who is now with the Green Bay Packers. Aaron spent 3 weeks at The Academy training with Coach Chuck Smith and Coach Jay Hayes perfecting his edge rushing skills. Aaron played college basketball for four years, beginning at Ball State, where he earned Mid-American Conference All-Freshman Team honors and appeared in 30 games (2011-12)...Then played basketball for John A. Logan College (IL) and Western Kentucky before Southeast Missouri State, where he averaged 5.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Aaron used his fifth year of collegiate eligibility in 2015 to try out for the Southeast Missouri State football team, playing in four games, notching 2 tackles, 1 TFL and 1 QB hit.

Jake Lacina
6ft
4In
310lbs
OL

Jake Lacina is an Augustana University graduate who played on the offensive line. As a senior at Augustana Jake was the DII winner Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center and started all 45 games he played in at center. Jake served as a team captain in his last season. In 2019, he received First-Team All-America honors. As for his professional career, Lacina was signed in June 2020 to the Minnesota Vikings until he was waived in September 2021. In an attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps, Lacina is now training with the Academy to give himself the chance to make NFL History.

Garrett McGhin
6ft
6In
322lbs
OL

ABOUT

Garret McGhin, a Florida native, is an offensive tackle who played at East Carolina University and went undrafted in 2019. He was first signed by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, as a free agent in 2019. Since then he has also been a part of the Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars rosters. Now, as a free agent, McGhin is training at the Academy with Coach Tice and Coach Smith to earn a spot on another NFL roster.

Jordan Meredith
6ft
3In
303lbs
OL

ABOUT

Jordan Meredith was a redshirt freshman at Kentucky State University. Meredith started all 37 games as a right guard over his three seasons. He was recognized for his efforts with an honorable mention for the All-Conference USA as a junior and received second-team accolades his senior season. Meredith went undrafted in 2020 and was eventually signed to the Los Angeles Rams practice squad in 2021. However, he was then waived from the practice squad in August 2021. Jordan Meredith is now training at The Academy to hone his skills and make his way back to the NFL.

Wyatt Miller
6ft
6In
304lbs
OL

ABOUT

Wyatt Miller is an offensive tackle who played at the University of Central Florida. While at UCF he started in 47 games of the 49 he appeared in as right tackle for his redshirt freshman, sophomore and junior years and then as a left tackle in his senior year. Additionally, he was a part of the national championship team that went undefeated. At the start of his professional career, Miller was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He since then has been signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs. Now, again as a free agent as of August 2021, he is training with the Academy.

Taeyler Porter
5ft
8In
193lbs
RB

ABOUT

Taeyler Porter is a running back from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In 2019, as a senior, he earned All-SWAC First Team for the second consecutive season. That same year he became just the third player in program history at UAPB with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Porter rushed for 1,027 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns in only 10 games in leading the Golden Lions to their first winning season since 2012. He posted four 100-yard rushing games, highlighted by a season-best 197-yard, two-touchdown game in the 45-13 win in the season finale against Texas Southern to clinch the winning season. Porter had a school-record 98-yard touchdown run against Lane that proved to be the game-winner in UAPB's 45-38 victory over Lane, the first homecoming win for the program since 2012. Taeyler went undrafted in the 2020 NFL draft, but after daily work with Coach Moe Williams, we expect Taeyler will be on an NFL roster soon.

Kenny Randall
6ft
3In
308lbs
DL

ABOUT

Kenny Randall is a defensive tackle from the University of Charleston in West Virginia. He dominated Mountain East Conference competition in 2018 and 2019. He was a second-team all-conference pick his sophomore season, posting 46 tackles, 13.5 for loss, with two sacks in 12 games (11 starts). Randall was a first-team All-MEC selection in 2019, racking up 64 stops, 16.5 for loss, with seven sacks and two forced fumbles in 11 starts for the Golden Eagles. The school did not play in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2021, he signed an NFL contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. You can be sure

Josh Smith
6ft
265lbs
DL

ABOUT

Josh Smith is a linebacker and defensive end who played at Vanderbilt University prior to starting the 2020 pre-season on the Tennessee Titans roster. Smith joined the Titans as an undrafted free agent. He started 12 games for Vanderbilt in 2018, when he set single-season highs with 61 tackles, 3.5 quarterback sacks, eight tackles for loss, three pass breakups, three quarterback hurries, and a forced fumble. Smith made six sacks during his career and finished with 92 total stops in 40 games. Smith was with us at The Academy in 2020 before his season was cut short due to an injury.

Jordan Thompson
6ft
286lbs
DL

ABOUT

Jordan Thompson is a versatile defensive lineman who can play end or tackle. Jordan appeared in every game but one during his four years at Northwestern University. Jordan started all 26 games his junior and senior years and made 35-consecutive starts for the Wildcats at defensive tackle before missing the Holiday Bowl at the conclusion of his senior season. During his senior campaign, he notched single-season career highs with 30 total tackles, 6 tackles for loss (fifth on the team), 3 sacks (third on the team), 3 pass breakups, and 2 forced fumbles. That same year Jordan was a key contributor in Northwestern’s rushing defense which finished fourth in the Big Ten and 26th in the nation, allowing 129.6 yards per game. He finished his collegiate career with a sack and a forced fumble in the Big Ten Championship against Ohio State

Ethan Westbrooks
6ft
4In
277lbs
DL

ABOUT

Prior to his most recent stint with the Raiders Ethan Westbrooks, a defensive tackle spent the 2020 offseason with the San Francisco 49ers and the 2019 offseason with the Raiders after spending the first five years of his career with the Rams. In 67 appearances with 11 starts, Westbrooks has compiled 79 tackles (53 solos), nine sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. He has also started in one postseason contest in which he recorded three stops (two). In his last season with the Rams in 2018, Westbrooks appeared in all 16 contests for the third consecutive campaign. He totaled eight tackles (five), registered one sack, and added one pass defensed on the year. In 2017, he set career highs in both starts (nine) and sacks (four). A native of Oakland, Calif., Westbrooks attended West Texas A&M during his collegiate career, where he earned first-team all-conference honors in 2012 and was named the Ron Lenz Division II National Defensive Player of the Year after tallying 19.5 sacks for the Buffaloes.

The NFL Alumni Academy returns to the Hall of Fame Village Soon
Until then, the Academy's player personnel staff is constantly evaluating players and speaking with NFL teams to identify who is most deserving of an invitation to the Academy. Once those invitations are sent out, players will arrive for their physicals and get to work. The 2021 NFL Alumni Academy will begin in mid-September.
Vadal Alexander
6ft
5In
355lbs
OL

ABOUT

Vadal Alexander is an offensive lineman who played at Louisiana State University. In his true freshman year he played in 13 games and eventually moved into the starting line-up playing every offensive snap of the final nine games at right tackle. He earned Freshman All-SEC honors and was named second team freshman All-America. The rest of his college football career he started every game and was able to give LSU one of the most dominating guard tackle combinations in college football. He earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after LSU’s 30-27 win over Florida. Alexander forewent the 2015 NFL draft and returned to LSU and was named to the Pre-season First Team All-SEC. Prior to his senior year, Alexander was considered one of the top senior prospects for the 2016 NFL draft. He was invited to and played in the Senior Bowl in January 2016. Alexander was drafted by the Raiders in the seventh round, 234th overall, in the 2016 NFL Draft

John Atkins
6ft
4In
340lbs
DL

John Atkins is a defensive lineman who played 5 seasons at the University of Georgia. While at Georgia he made 38 tackles as a starting nose tackle and finished his collegiate career with 81 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 5 pass deflections and a fumble recovery in 48 games played. After college, Atkins has been a member of the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons prior to becoming a free agent in August 2021.

JaQuan Bailey
6ft
2In
282lbs
DL

JaQuan Bailey is a defensive end who played at Iowa State University as a 3 star recruit. He was named Freshman All-America and was an honorable mention All Big-12 in his second season. After having 46 tackles to lead all Iowa State defensive linemen he was named Second Team All Big-12 and was on the Ted Hendricks award watch list. Bailey as an undrafted free agent was signed with the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2021 NFL Draft and then was waived in August 2021.

Davin Bellamy
6ft
4In
247lbs
DL

ABOUT

Davin Bellamy is a defensive end and linebacker who played his collegiate career at Georgia. Bellamy, a former four-star prospect from Chamblee, Ga., signed as a part of Georgia’s No. 12 ranked recruiting class of 2013 and was an integral part of the Bulldogs 2017 title run as a senior. Through 48 games played at Georgia, Bellamy racked up 135 tackles, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Bellamy was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans following the 2018 NFL Draft and has since spent time on the Texans, and Cincinnati Bengals practice squads as well as being invited to training camp with the 49ers in 2021.

Mike Brown
6ft
3In
341lbs
OL

ABOUT

Mike Brown did not start playing football until he attended Eastern Arizona Community College two years after finishing high school. Mike Brown went on a mission trip after high school and on that trip he got his body right to begin trying to play somewhere at the collegiate level. Mike’s brother, Joe, was an offensive lineman for West Virginia back in 2018, and he helped Mike transition to playing football at a high level. While at Eastern Arizona, Brown anchored an offensive line that ranked No. 1 nationally in rushing yards twice, earned a spot on the 2017 All-WSFL First Team Offense, and earned a spot on the 2017 All-ACCAC First Team Offense. After two seasons at Eastern Arizona, Brown transferred to WVU in 2018 and redshirted. He became a starter at left guard part-way through the 2019 season and didn’t allow a single sack in ten games played, and saw action in over 523 snaps played. He started all 10 games at right guard in 2020. He was named second-team All-Big 12 following the season. Brown went undrafted in the 2021 Draft Class.

T.J. Carter
6ft
3In
301lbs
DL

ABOUT

T.J. Carter played at the University of Kentucky as a defensive end. In his collegiate career he played in 50 games with 28 starts and totaled 71 tackles. Carter graduated with a degree in information communication technology in May 2020 and was a member of the 2020 NFL Draft class. Carter initially entered the NFL by signing with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2020, Carter saw action in the pre-season with the New Orleans Saints in 2020 and joined the Steelers practice squad in 2021.○ T.J. Carter played at the University of Kentucky as a defensive end. In his collegiate career he played in 50 games with 28 starts and totaled 71 tackles. Carter graduated with a degree in information communication technology in May 2020 and was a member of the 2020 NFL Draft class. Carter initially entered the NFL by signing with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2020, Carter saw action in the pre-season with the New Orleans Saints in 2020 and joined the Steelers practice squad in 2021.

Darius Clark
6ft
2In
218lbs
RB

ABOUT

Darius Clark played in 43 games at Newberry College recording 103 rushing attempts for 384 yards, 35 receptions for 264 yards, and five total touchdowns. Clark signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2021. Clark has the ability to play running back, wide receiver, return kicks, and line up on special teams coverage. He can do a little bit of everything which will help his chances of making a team's 53-man roster.

Darius Harper
6ft
7In
315lbs
OL

ABOUT

After four weeks of training at The Academy under Coach Mike Tice and Coach Steve Smith Darius Harper has found a job in the Canadian Football league with the Ottawa Redblacks. Harper was a two-sport varsity star in high school, but basketball was Harper's, first love. The 6-foot-7 senior started his college career at Miami University, playing basketball for the RedHawks under coach John Cooper. Harper was a two-year varsity starter at right offensive tackle and defensive end at Springfield (OH) High School. He was a three-star prospect who ranked as the No. 32 player in Ohio for the class of 2016. Harper had football offers from the University of Kentucky, Pittsburgh, and Maryland. In 2018 Darius decided to transfer to Cincinnati to play football. After playing in just two games for Cincinnati in 2018, Harper played in all 14 games in 2019, earning eight starts at tackle. He helped the Bearcats rank in the top half of the American Athletic Conference in rushing offense,

Brett Heggie
6ft
4In
314lbs
OL

ABOUT

Brett Heggie is an offensive lineman who played his collegiate career at the University of Florida. Heggie finished his college career with 41 games played, including 31 starts. In 2020, he started at center in all 12 games where he blocked for Heisman Trophy Finalist Kyle Trask to help the Gators lead the nation in passing yards per game (378.6) while ranking eighth nationally in yards per play (7.28) and ninth in yards per game(509.8). He was Named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following his performance at Ole Miss where the Florida offense set a school record for yards against an SEC opponent (642 yards). Heggie was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll in all four seasons with the Gators.

Coaching Staff

Mike Tice
Director of Development

Mike Tice returns to volunteer his time and expertise in developing both future NFL coaches and players at the NFL Alumni Academy. Tice enjoyed a 36 year career in the National Football League. Tice had a very successful 14 year playing career as a Tight End and a 22 year coaching career, including 4 years as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, taking the Vikings to the playoffs. As a coach, Tice's strength comes in developing offensive lineman. Tice coached numerous Pro Bowl players, including Hall of Fame guard Randall McDaniel, All-Pro and future Hall of Fame center Matt Birk, and All-Pro Guard Kelechi Osemele.

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