Bernard Robertson was in the room when The Trust was being developed, and saw first-hand the vision come to fruition. That opportunity gave him a unique perspective when discussing the role activating his earned benefit has played in his own wellness.
“When I saw The Trust come together and it was actually launched, I was very excited,” he remembered. “I had been a part of large Fortune 500 companies in the past, and don’t provide these types of benefits to their former employees. I was hopeful The Trust could be what it looked like on paper for what former players were really needing.”
One of the first benefits he took advantage of was the Brain & Body Assessment, which is designed to assess the overall health of former players removed from the NFL for less than 15 years.
“For me personally, the Brain & Body Assessment was something that got me to actually sit down with a doctor after my career instead of saying, ‘I’m fine,’ when I really wasn’t. You’re not going to have any other time in your life where you’re going to get that time with this number of specialists,” he explained. “It gave me a good baseline as to where I was when I was playing, with doctors strictly focused on what I needed to get back on the field or to stay on the field, versus what I now need to maintain the rest of my life at a healthy pace. It set the tone for me.”
"You’re not going to have any other time in your life where you’re going to get that time with this number of specialists."