Seven Seahawks going back to school

Patrick Kerney, John Carlson and five of their teammates are going back to school next week.

Seven Seahawks – including the veteran defensive end and third-year tight end – are among 77 players who have enrolled in the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Joining Kerney and Carlson at the Harvard workshop Feb. 15-19 will be linebacker Will Herring and kicker Olindo Mare. Taking part in the Wharton workshop Feb. 16-19 will be wide receiver Deion Branch, offensive lineman Steve Vallos and guard Mansfield Wrotto.

The program is part of an ongoing initiative by the NFL and the NFL Players Association to assist players in preparing for their careers after football. The program began in 2005, and 502 players have participated.

The players complete an application process to attend the workshops and level of education, professional business experience and leadership skills are part of the enrollment criteria.

“The program offered by the Harvard Business School is a great opportunity to begin preparing for life after football, and I have heard nothing but positive things from players that have participated,” Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark said in a statement released by the league. “It’s a way to take advantage of the many programs the NFL and NFLPA offer, and I think to be able to receive business and leadership advice from some of the top instructors in their field will be invaluable.”

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