Former NFL WR Roy Green "Tackles Sleep Apnea" With Pro Player Health Alliance

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Former NFL WR Roy Green shares his personal story with the public and uses it as motivation to get others treated. More information on Roy's encounter with sleep apnea and PPHA's next event with Dr. Brad Eli in California.

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Roy Jet Stream Green, Former Arizona Cardinals WR

After getting over 150 NFL players treated, Pro Player Health Alliance(PPHA) has now been joined by many of them to help spread awareness on the deadly disorder obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Many players have been loyal and outspoken advocates of spreading awareness of the deadly disorder across the country. Joined with David Gergen, owner of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and founder of the PPHA, they have been on a mission to “Tackle Sleep Apnea” nationally. According to Pro Player Health Alliance, over 60% of the NFL and former NFL are suffering from OSA. Who better to speak and share personal stories to the public? Taking stage for the next “Tackle Sleep Apnea” event will be former Arizona Cardinals WR Roy Green who has had too many caused by OSA.

Roy Green has experienced two strokes and two heart attacks due largely in part to sleep apnea. Roy said, "If I had met David Gergen years ago, I wouldn't have had to experience having a heart attack, let alone two heart attacks and strokes. I am extremely grateful for what he's done for me and my former teammates and I'm glad to be a part of spreading awareness on sleep apnea so others don't have to to go through what I did". Sleep apnea stops you from breathing up to fifteen times an hour during the night while sleeping, putting serious stress on the body and the heart. According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, about 38,000 deaths occur in the US on an annual basis that are related to Sleep Apnea making it the “Silent Killer.”

Roy's good friend and super bowl champion, Derek Kennard, has mutual feelings for the work Pro Player Health Alliance is doing. "If I had met Mr. Gergen four years ago, my brother would still be alive today," says Kennard. Roy Green and Derek Kennard are hoping to find an outpouring of support from the public at the event with many people wanting to meet the players and eventually seek treatment for themselves and/or a loved one.

The public awareness event at Scripps Memorial Hospital this May will be hosted by one of the country’s most experienced and well-known doctors, Dr. Bradley Eli. By providing all nonsurgical solutions to sufferers of sleep apnea that are available on the market, Dr. Eli will find a way to treat any patient even if it means going through every treatment possible to find the one that best fits their lifestyle and their personal comfort level. Registration for this event can be found at

Event Details

Date: May 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Scripps Schaetzel Center, 9890 Genesse Ave La Jolla, CA

About David Gergen

David Gergen, CDT and President of Pro Player Health Alliance, has been a nationally respected dental lab technician for over 25 years. He received the award for “The Finest Orthodontic Technician in the Country” given by Columbus Dental in 1986. He also has been appointed chair of the dental wing of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy a national interdisciplinary academy dedicated to sleep training and education with over 60,000 members. David rolled out of bed on September 12, 1981 and had his career “ah ha” moment. He knew he was going to be an orthodontic technician and he knew he was going to help people all over the country to help treat their sleep disorders in partnership with their dentists. He has worked for some of the pioneers in the orthodontic and sleep dentistry fields. He was the personal technician for the likes of Dr. Robert Ricketts, Dr. Ronald Roth, Dr. A. Paul Serrano, Dr. Clark Jones, Dr. Harold Gelb, Dr. Joseph R. Cohen, Dr. Rodney Willey, Dr. Allan Bernstein, and Dr. Thien Pham. One of his proudest achievements is receiving The National Leadership award for Arizona Small Businessman of the Year in 2004.

About Pro Player Health Alliance

The Pro Players Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. In addition, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, the PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people treated who suffer from sleep apnea. The PPHA was created by David Gergen, President of Gergen’s Orthodontic Lab and Former NFL legends.

About Dr. Bradley Eli

Dr. Eli earned a post-doctoral Master’s Degree at UCLA where he received advanced training in sleep disorders. He remains the only expert with this unique skill set in the San Diego region. Dr. Eli is on the hospital staff at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and UCSD. He is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He holds multiple patents in the fields of both sleep and pain.

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