Founded in 2003, the Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago (RPFPC) is the charitable arm of the NFL Players Association, Former Players - Chicago Chapter. Established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the RPFPC is comprised of former professional football players who work voluntarily to support Chicagoland causes and charities. RPFPC primarily aims to raise funds for its annual academic scholarship program and football equipment grant program for local youth.
The NFL Players Association, Former Players - Chicago Chapter is one of 33 former NFL players chapters in the nation. The primary function of the organization is to serve as a support system to former players and help members transition from their playing careers to life after football. The organization also aims to leverage its platform for the greater good and give back to the local community. In 2012, the Chicago Chapter was voted "Chapter of the Year" for its outstanding charitable work within the Chicagoland community.