While a spot in the NFL seems like a dream job, according to the NFLPA, an NFL career lasts about three years on average. That means that many former players need to find other gigs once their playing days are over.
A significant portion of players end up being out of the league before they’re 30 years old, which means they have a lot of time ahead of them. From teachers to Uber drivers to train conductors, your favorite NFL players could be leading a double life you never knew existed. In fact, some of them even work these jobs while they were STILL playing in the NFL.
The former Detroit Lions safety wasn’t in the NFL for long, lasting just 14 games, but he’s enjoyed a meaningful life off the field. He is now a geometry teacher. He’s a member of Teach for America where he now gets the opportunity to shape young minds at a school in Washington.
He was cut from the Carolina Panthers when he was just 26, so he could’ve still pursued football. Instead, he decided to choose textbooks over playbooks.