Life After Pro Football: Where is the Sunset?
Updated: Mar 29
Nothing lasts forever.
Most certainly not a career in professional football.
The very small percentage of guys that actually make it to the next level actually have an average of a two to three year playing career.
Sure we have our outliers that are able to withstand the test of time.
However that is rare.
What about the guy that spends 10+ years playing the game with dreams of making a long career in the league just to fall short and have to sit behind a desk for 40 hours a week, or the clichè athletic trainer conversion.
Often seen today is a lack of support for former athletes that have generally been focusing on one goal and one dream their whole lives just to have it shattered by maybe one bad sprint or a couple dropped passes.
Why have we not seen a pipeline of ex players work directly with the organizations they make millions of dollars for?
We have seen some of the Hall of fame caliber guys transition seamlessly into a broadcasting career, but that is a very small percentage.
Even a smaller percentage actually thrive outside of Football, doing whatever the hell they want....Unless you're the one and only Beastmode (Click the photo to watch him on Bear grylls)
Some get coaching jobs and fulfill a great deed of giving back knowledge they have received from their predecessors.
Why aren't the scouts former football players? Who else would know better to look for?
With American Football being such an aggressive, competitive, and gut wrenching game, how does one fill those voids post the gridiron?