Directors & Coordinators

Legends living all across the country serve as Legends Community Directors and Coordinators. They played in different eras for multiple teams at various positions and are passionate about helping their former teammates. Their focus is to streamline communication and serve as a central resource for players to learn about programs and benefits available to them.

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Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland

Ed Reynolds - Director

Ed Reynolds was born in Stuttgart, Germany. He attended college at the University of Virginia where he played college football. During his ten NFL seasons, Reynolds played as a linebacker for the New England Patriots (1983-1991) and the New York Giants (1992). After his NFL career, Reynolds worked in operations and security as an NFL executive. He also joined the U.S. Army Reserve. In 2010, Reynolds was named president of Norfolk, Virginia’s United Football League team. In 2012, Reynolds was named Athletic Director at Hickory Grove Christian School, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Tony Richardson - Coordinator

Tony Richardson was born in Frankfurt, West Germany. After moving to Daleville, Alabama, Richardson excelled as a three sport athlete in high school. He attended Auburn University where he played fullback. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, and during his sixteen NFL seasons he played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1995-2005), the Minnesota Vikings (2006-2007), and the New York Jets (2008-2010). He was a three-time Pro-Bowler (2003, 2004, 2007) and a two-time Second-team All-Pro (2004, 2007). After his NFL Career, Tony Richardson dedicated himself to philanthropic efforts. He sponsors The Dictionary Project, which promotes literacy and education for children. Richardson also hosted the Special Olympics Punt, Pass and Kick competition in Kansas City annually, from 1999 to 2005.

J.B. Brown - Coordinator

J.B. Brown was born in Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Maryland where he played cornerback. Brown played twelve seasons in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins (1989-1996), the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997), the Arizona Cardinals (1998), and the Detroit Lions(1999-2000). After his football career, Brown became the Director of Sports Performance and Training for Grassroots Football League. J.B. and his wife teach Tax Free Wealth Building Strategies through their insurance agency. He will be the defensive backs coach for the Orlando Franchise of Major League Football Spring League starting April 30th, 2016.

Garry Cobb - Coordinator

Garry Cobb was born in Carthage, North Carolina. He attended the University of Southern California where he played linebacker. During his eleven NFL seasons, Cobb played for the Detroit Lions (1979-1984), the Philadelphia Eagles (1985-1987), and the Dallas Cowboys (1988-1989). After his NFL career, Cobb transitioned to a television and radio personality for the Philadelphia area. Cobb is the author of a book entitled Don't Be Clueless: 7 Keys to Life in the Real World and is the principal operator of GCobb Publishing through which he manages a Philadelphia sports information website known as He speaks locally at youth detention centers and churches. In February 2014, Cobb expressed interest in running as a Republican for United States Congress.

Darryl Talley - Coordinator

Darryl Talley was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in Safety and Athletic Training. He played outside linebacker for The Mountaineers where he earned Consensus All-American honors his senior year (1983). He is a member of WVU’s Sports Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the second round, Darryl had an NFL career that spanned 14 years. He played 12 seasons at outside linebacker for the Bills (1983-1994), and is proud to have contributed to their four consecutive Super Bowl appearances (XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII). He also played with the Atlanta Falcons (1995), and the Minnesota Vikings (1996). A two-time Pro Bowler (1991,1992) and a two-time 1st Team All-Pro (1990, 1993). He received The Ed Block Courage Award in 1990, and was presented with the “Iron Man” award in 1992 from the Bills for 156 consecutive games played - a team record. Darryl is the Bills’ all-time leading tackler (1,137) and was inducted to their Wall of Fame in 2003. He is also a member of the Bills’ 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He established The Darryl Talley Foundation to aid underprivileged Rochester, N.Y. area youth in their pursuit of education. Darryl resides in Orlando, Florida where he continues to avidly follow football.


Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina

Donovin Darius - Director

Donovin Darius is originally from Camden, New Jersey and received a full scholarship to play football at Syracuse University. A record-setting defensive player, he was selected 25th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998 and was blessed to be a record-setting Strong Safety for ten years. In 2010, Darius founded Donovin Darius Next Level Training & Performance, where the vision focuses on personal development – specifically character, spiritual and athletic development. He is currently defining areas of his business in Youth Athletic Training, Adult Health & Wellness, Community Outreach, Ministry and Corporate Speaking. Darius is striving to develop messages and programs to reach anyone and everyone who needs inspiration and who wants to take their life to the “next level.” Darius philosophy is to focus on the balance of the mind, body and spirit. Through athletic training, clinics and motivational speaking sessions, he delivers his powerful messages of motivation and inspiration. The programs are developed with the same methodology that he utilized to advance his own career and deliver his own professional success both on and off the athletic field. Darius also founded and fully operates his 501©3 foundation in Jacksonville Florida, where he played nine years with the Jacksonville Jaguars. His foundation focuses on the mental, physical and emotional empowerment of families of Northeast Florida. He host five free Life Camps per year at EverBank Field where they tackle the community’s greatest challenges - head on by educating equipping and empowering individuals with life skills to maximize their potential. Donovin also currently serves with the as a Director of the NFL Legends Community and NFL Transitions Coach where he serves current and former players with resources and support as they transition into and out of the NFL. His motivational speaking engagements cover a variety of topics including Leadership, Relationships and Teamwork. He has booked many academic, corporate and non-profit events all around the country. His wide appeal and personal, transparent delivery style make him a favorite with groups that want to be impacted in a short period of time.

Mike Rucker - Coordinator

Mike Rucker was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended college at the University of Nebraska. Rucker spent his entire NFL career as a defensive end with the Carolina Panthers(1999-2007). After his NFL career, Rucker founded the Ruckus House, a child development and learning facility with former teammates Mike Minter, Stephen Davis and Muhsin Muhammed. He founded Vision Group Realty, a full service real estate brokerage firm serving clients near its headquarters in Charlotte, NC as well as nationally and globally. In 2008, Rucker participated in a USO trip to Afghanistan to create a short video documentary for the NFL Network. He remains a commentator for preseason games on the Panthers Television Network.

Warrick Dunn - Coordinator

Warrick Dunn was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended college at Florida State University. During his twelve NFL seasons, Dunn played running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1997-2001, 2008) and the Atlanta Falcons (2002-2007); he was a three-time Pro-Bowler. After his NFL career, Dunn earned his MBA degree from Emory University in 2013. He also started Warrick Dunn Charities in 2002, which provides programs and services for single parents working to achieve stability for themselves and their families.

Mark Brunell - Coordinator

Mark Brunell was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended college at the University of Washington. During his 19 seasons as a quarterback in the NFL, Brunell played for the Green Bay Packers (1994), the Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-2003), the Washington Redskins (2004-2006), the New Orleans Saints (2009), and the New York Jets (2010-2011). Brunell is a three-time Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl XLIV champion. Brunell serves as the head coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Florida, and as an analyst at ESPN. He and his wife Stacy have four children: Caitlin, Jacob, Joseph, and Luke. They reside in Jacksonville, Florida.

Central North

North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio

John Randle - Director

John Randle was born in Mumford, Texas. He attended college at Texas A & M University–Kingsville. During his fourteen NFL seasons, Randle played as a defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings (1990-2000) and the Seattle Seahawks (2001-2003). After his NFL career, Randle was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame and inducted into the Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor in 2008. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on August 7th, 2010. His number was retired by his former high school team and he now resides in Medina, Minnesota with his wife and children.

Orlando Pace - Coordinator

Orlando Pace was born in Sandusky, Ohio. He attended college at Ohio State University. His NFL career as a tackle spanned 13 seasons, during which he played for the St. Louis Rams (1997-2008) and the Chicago Bears (2009). He is a seven-time Pro-Bowler and a five-time All-Pro. In 2008, Pace received the Ed Block Courage Award, and he is member of the 2000's All-Decade Team. Following his NFL career, Pace became the proud owner of "Big O's Ltd" sports bar in his hometown of Sandusky, Ohio. He was a spokesman for Diversity Awareness Partnership in St. Louis along with former Rams teammate Ryan Tucker. He remains a spokesman for Our Little Haven's 'Safe & Warm' expansion since 1998.

Marty Moore- Coordinator

Marty Moore was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended college at the University of Kentucky. Moore spent eight seasons playing linebacker for the New England Patriots (1994-1999, 2001) and the Cleveland Browns (2000). Moore also holds the distinction of being the first Mr. Irrelevant ever to play in a Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXXI) with the New England Patriots. After his NFL career, Moore established the White Greer Maggard Youth Football League (WGMYFL) which is comprised of independent volunteers and non-profit organizations committed to providing a quality youth football league to students in grades one through six who reside throughout Kentucky. The WGMYFL strives to instill the challenge of competition, the joy of victory, the importance of commitment, and the spirit of community that will help youth become creative, pro-active and responsible individuals within society.

James Laurinaitis - Coordinator

Laurinaitis was born in Wayzata, Minnesota. He attended Ohio State University, where he played for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2005 to 2008. As a true freshman in 2005, he played in all 12 games eventually reaching No. 2 on the depth chart at strong-side linebacker behind Bobby Carpenter. James was drafted in 2009 in the 2nd round, 35th overall by the St. Louis Rams. Laurinaitis earned the starting middle linebacker position at the beginning of the season and led the Rams in tackles and was voted the Carroll Rosenbloom Memorial Award, which goes to the Rams rookie of the year. In April of 2017, Laurinaitis announced his retirement after an 8-year career in the NFL. The Big Ten Network hired Laurinaitis later on in 2017 as a college football analyst and co-host of a weekly Ohio State show on SportsTime Ohio.

Frank Winters

Central South

Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana

Scott Turner – Director

Rocket Ismail - Coordinator

Rocket Ismail was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended college at the University of Notre Dame. During his ten NFL seasons as a wide receiver, Ismail played for the Los Angeles Raiders (1993-1994), the Oakland Raiders (1995), the Carolina Panthers (1996-1998), and the Dallas Cowboys (1999-2002). After his NFL career, he has appeared frequently on ESPN "College Game Day" and appeared as a Pro in Spike TV's show, "Pros vs. Joes" in 2008. In 2010, he was a correspondent on CMT’s show, Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. He recently became a coach in the sports league, Slamball.

Will Shields - Coordinator

Will Shields was born in Fort Riley, Kansas. He attended college at the University of Nebraska. Shields played all fourteen of his seasons in the NFL as an offensive guard for the Kansas City Chiefs (1993-2006). He was a twelve-time Pro-Bowler and a two-time First Team All-Pro. He received the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2003. Outside of his NFL career, Shields founded the “Will to Succeed Foundation” in 1993 to support a variety of causes and organizations. He currently operates “68 Inside Sports,” a gymnasium and sports facility in Overland Park, Kansas.

Chester Pitts- Coordinator

CHESTER M. PITTS II is a former NFL offensive lineman who now serves as an Executive Consultant and Television personality. Chester, the oldest of four, was raised in Carson, California where he attended the California Academy of Mathematics and Science for high school, where there was no football program. While attending San Diego State University and holding down a job at Ralph’s Supermarket as a bagger, Chester tried out and walked on to the football team his freshman year, after only have played little league football. Chester was drafted in the 2nd –round of the NFL draft by the Houston Texans in 2002, he currently holds the Texans franchise record for player with the most consecutive starts. After eight seasons with the Texans, Chester played his last NFL season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010. Shortly after, Chester and his wife LaToya created The Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation to give back to the arts. Chester currently sits on several boards and is an ambassador for the Houston Texans and Child Advocates. Chester helps others, especially athletes, save and grow their money as Executive Consultant for ZT Wealth and is currently a television/radio personality. Chester recently appeared on Season 23 of the Amazing Race with former teammate and friend Ephraim Salaam. Chester is a candidate to receive his MBA from George Washington University. Chester is father to Chester “Champ” M. Pitts III and daughters Alanna and Charlotte Pitts.

Pacific West

Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming

Mack Strong - Director

Mack Strong was born in Fort Benning, Georgia. He attended college at the University of Georgia. During his fourteen seasons as a fullback in the NFL, Strong played solely for the Seattle Seahawks after being signed as a free agent (1994-2007). He is a two-time Pro-Bowler and a one-time First-Team All-Pro. He was a member of the Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team. He is also a five-time Steve Largent Award winner (2001-2002, 2004-2006). After retiring in 2007, Strong began his career as the Seattle Seahawks’ assistant Running Backs Coach. Now, Strong serves on the Washington board of HOPE worldwide –a non-profit organization, which develops programs around the world for the most underserved and in need. He is also one of the founders of Strong Alliance, a company that focuses on corporate team building and the development of youth education and leadership programs.

Donnie Edwards - Coordinator

Donnie Edwards was born in San Diego, California. He attended college at the University of California, Los Angeles. During his thirteen seasons as a linebacker in the NFL, Edwards played for the Kansas City Chiefs (1996-2001, 2007-2008) and the San Diego Chargers (2002-2006). Since his NFL career, Edwards has devoted himself full-time to philanthropy. He donates time and money to the charitable organizations and institutions that provided positive guidance during his youth. He hosts an annual 'Dad's Day with Donnie' in San Diego, California. The event provides children who are missing a father figure the unique opportunity to spend a day with professional athletes. Edwards is also a dedicated supporter of the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, After School All-Stars, the Best Defense Foundation, and Jump for Life.

Kwamie Lassiter - Coordinator

Kwamie Lassiter was born in Hampton, Virginia. He attended college at the University of Kansas after transferring from Butler County Community College. During his ten NFL Seasons as a defensive back, Lassiter played for the Arizona Cardinals (1995-2002), the San Diego Chargers (2003), and the St. Louis Rams (2004). After his NFL career, Lassiter was a pregame and postgame host for the Arizona Cardinals Radio Network. Lassiter has hosted Kwamie Lassiter's Sports Talk on the Voice America Internet radio network. In 2010, Lassiter became president of the NFL Alumni chapter in Arizona. Lassiter previously served as the defensive backs coach at Mesa Community College, and the defensive backs coach of the Las Vegas locomotives of the UFL.

Steven Jackson - Coordinator

Executive Directors

Leonard Wheeler - Co-Executive Director

Leonard Wheeler has been a change agent for athletes, high-power executives, and major corporations for the last 15 years. His competitive spirit, power to persuade, and infectious personality have taken him all over the world. From serving on the boards of prominent national organizations to addressing various groups in London, Barcelona, Seville and even the survivors of the Columbine tragedy, Leonard is highly sought after to speak, train, coach and lead. He also starred in the movie Radio, the TV show One Tree Hill, and has been featured on BET and the Word Network for his powerful message. Leonard truly has a gift, as he gives people hope and inspires the masses to reach their full potential in every aspect of their lives.

Chad Pennington - Co-Executive Director

Chad Pennington was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He attended college at Marshall University. During his eleven seasons as a quarterback in the NFL, Pennington played for the New York Jets where he was drafted in the first round(2000-2007) and the Miami Dolphins (2008-2010). He is the All-time leader in completion percentage, and a two-time AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2006, 2008). Since his NFL career, Pennington serves as a NFL transition coach and corporate speaker. He also created 1st and 10 Foundation in 2003, which works to help build stronger communities and improve quality of life.