The NFL Alumni association was paid a whopping $3,500,000 by the CDC to promote the COVID-19 vaccine, TMZ Sports has learned.
U.S. Federal Procurement docs show the CDC and the NFL Alumni assoc. signed the multi-million dollar deal at the beginning of May.
The total value of the contract is listed at $3.5 mil ... with the money earmarked for "NFL Alumni (NFLA) Health COVID-19 Vaccination Community Outreach and Education Project."
FYI, the NFL Alumni was founded in 1967 by a group of retired football players. The organization's current president is former NY Giants lineman, Bart Oates.
The site also has a "Vaccination Tracker" and a link to access vax locations.
The group is a separate entity from the NFL ... though you must have played or coached in the league to be a member.
Prior to awarding the windfall of cash, the CDC issued a Notice of Intent, announcing the grant.
"The [CDC] intends to award a sole source firm fixed price purchase order to The NFL Alumni Association (NFLA). The overall purpose of this contract is to facilitate collaboration among NFL Alumni and federal state and local public health officials as well as other local leaders to address vaccine hesitancy through communication and engagement with communities less likely to get vaccinated."
The notice continues ... "The CDC Vaccine Task Force will work directly with the NFLA to promote community-level and national COVID-19 education outreach and vaccination acceptance."
The agreement with former players is interesting, because many current players and coaches are pissed about the NFL's new COVID vax rules
The league has threatened to take away players' game checks and even force forfeitures if unvaccinated players cause COVID outbreaks.
29-year-old superstar WR DeAndre Hopkins tweeted his frustrations with the rules, even hinting at contemplating retirement. Minnesota Vikings assistant coach Rick Dennison was even reassigned after refusing to get the shot.
We've reached out to the CDC and NFL Alumni for comment ... so far, no word back.