The sports world is a stage where the light shines brightest, but these 9 NFL players turned successful entrepreneurs know that not every athlete stays in the spotlight for the rest of his life. There comes a point when you have to take your final sprint, tackle, and catch.
The National Football League (NFL) is America’s professional football association composed of 32 teams. It was founded 95 years ago back in 1920. Football is one of the sports deeply ingrained in America’s culture and undeniably, the most loved. It has produced some of the greatest football players of all time such as Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Johnny Unitas, John Elway, Dick Butkus, and more.
But football is a high-risk sport. If you watched the movie Concussion starring Will Smith, it exposed the recurring football-related head trauma in NFL athletes. While not everyone ends up with a concussion, preparation for life after football is a must. The league is aware of this, too, which is why they established the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program in 2005. It helps athletes own, build, and manage businesses.
The NFL players turned successful entrepreneurs we’ll be featuring today are much like the 9 celebrities turned successful entrepreneurs. They have decided that when their short-lived, money-making career is over, there should be something else they can look forward to. And these former NFL stars are now conquering the business world.
We curated this roster from CNBC, Entrepreneur, Inc.com, and USA Today. The athletes are ranked according to their current net worth. Let’s check out these NFL players who channeled their athleticism in running their own businesses!