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Palms VIP casino guests enjoyed an intimate meet-and-greet with former NFL stars posing for photographs and signing memorabilia at Nove Italiano on Friday evening (5/9.) NFL alumni present for the cocktail reception and dinner included: Heisman trophy winners, Eric Crouch (University of Nebraska/Kansas City Chiefs,) Johnny Rodgers (University of Nebraska/San Diego Chargers,) and Mike Rozier (University of Nebraska/ Atlanta Falcons,) as well as Melvin Fowler (Buffalo Bills,) Hugh Green (Miami Dolphins,) Derek Hagan (Tampa Bay Buccaneers,) Matthew Hatchette (Jacksonville Jaguars,) Courtney Hawkins (Pittsburgh Steelers,) Napoleon McCallum (Oakland Raiders,) Paul Pratt (Detroit Lions) and Patrick Turner (New York Jets.)

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The group of NFL players were in town for the A Level Playing Field Foundation charity golf tournament on Saturday (5/10) afternoon.

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Photos: Joe Fury

1. Johnny Rodgers, Paul Pratt, Courtney Hawkins and Patrick Turner show off the “Heisman Pose” during meet-and-greet with casino guests at Nove Italiano inside Palms. (left to right)

2. NFL alumni pose with Head Football Coach of Rancho High School, Tyrone Armstrong, (front-center wearing black shirt and holding Palms sign) while showing off signed memorabilia for VIP casino players inside Nove Italiano at Palms Casino Resort.

3. Paul Pratt signing Palms memorabilia upon arrival to Nove Italiano.