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Pro Football Legends names DeVry University as exclusive education provider

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DeVry University announced Thursday that it has been named the exclusive educational provider to Pro Football Legends, the commercial marketing name of the Newark-based NFL Alumni Association.

According to the announcement, Downers Grove, Ill.-based DeVry will provide higher education opportunities to Pro Football Legends members, spouses and dependents through 2017.

"Education is a key component of a successful post-football life for our members as well as their families," said Joe Pisarcik, president and CEO of Pro Football Legends, in a prepared statement. "Many of our members had to put their education on hold to pursue pro football careers, and others have new interests and careers now that their football days are over."

DeVry has more than 90 locations throughout the U.S. and also has online learning opportunities. The school plans to offer former NFL athletes, cheerleaders, employees and their families access to career-oriented associates, bachelor's and master's degrees.

"Education is of vital importance in our country today, and we look forward to helping Pro Football Legends members complete their degrees and pursue new careers after football," said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. "With the opportunity to take classes year-round, these former athletes and their families will be able to complete their degree and be prepared to enter into or advance in their careers more quickly."

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