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Some of the most successful entrepreneurs retired NFL players

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs retired NFL players

Football is one of the most popular sports in the United States. Currently, the NFL is the biggest professional football league in the world. The numbers this sport moves in money terms are huge and its players receive enormous incomes while they are active. But football is a short and risky career, so a lot of them must think what to do after their retirement to reach financial security.

After retirement, some players build their financial future making investments in different industries, like technology, real estate, sports, media, among other businesses. On the other hand, some of them turn into TV or radio figures. Other ones continue with related sports professions. But there is a lot of retired players that start their own businesses, making successfully ventures in different fields.

Alex Bernstein

He played for the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Atlanta Falcons. He was active for 14 years and retired in 2001. Five years after his retirement, Bernstein dabbled in the technology field, more specifically in the software industry founding North Venture Partner in California, which invests and supports emerging companies related to technology. Bernstein’s company has invested in more than 10 businesses.

Besides his venture company, in 2003 Alex was the executive vice president of Echo Networks, Inc. a company what he co-founded dedicated to digital media. A year later he was the senior vice president of Virgin Digital, a company from Virgin Group, Ltd. Three years after North Venture Partner´s foundation, Bernstein participated in the creation of Athleticode, a genetic testing business.

Dhani Jones

Some of the most successful entrepreneurs retired NFL players

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As an active player, Jones played for 10 years in the NFL. His first team was the New York Giants, four years later he signed for the Philadelphia Eagles and three years later for the New Orleans Saints. His last years as a professional player were in the Cincinnati Bengals. After his retirement, Jones started an advertising and design company in New York City called VMG Creative, which includes clients like P&G and Michael Kors.

Jones also hosted a TV game show called “Ton of cash” in VH1 channel. In 2009, Dhani presented the TV program named “Dhani Tackles the Globe”, where he performed sports disciplines that were unknown in the United States. He is also the owner of the Bow Tie Café in Cincinnati. In 2016, he will be presenting “Adventure Capitalists”, a TV show from CNBC channel where entrepreneurs present their ideas to different investors.

Eddie George

Eddie had a brilliant performance in NFL, playing for seven seasons in Tennessee Titans and 2 in the Dallas Cowboys. In his professional career, he won 4 pro bowls, the rookie of the year in 1996, among other awards. Finished his NFL life, George obtained an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In 2003, two years before his retirement as a professional player, George founded an architecture and design company called EDGE Group, which has offices in Ohio.

In addition to his company EDGE Group, George is passionate about finances. Currently, he manages the firm Edward George Wealth Management, which helps football stars and athletes to conserve and manage their finances during their life as active players and after their retirement.

Besides the EDGE Group and Edward George Wealth Management, Eddie has been part of different TV programs as football analyzer in FX and FOX Sports channels. He also took acting lessons and participated in a Broadway show.

Ross Tucker

Tucker played for 6 years in the NFL. During his player career, he was part of teams like Washington Red Skins, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and Cleveland Browns and returned to Washington Red Skins where he retired in 2007 after a neck injury.

After his retirement, Ross became a writer for Sports Illustrated Magazine. Three years later, he passed to ESPN as NFL columnist and three years later, he was designated as NFL columnist for The Sporting News. Besides his writing works, he hosts the successful Ross Tucker Football Podcast at, his own website where he posts NFL content and talks about football. In this site, Tucker also has other podcasts, like Fantasy Feast: Eatin and Even Money and The College Draft.

In 2010 NFL season, Ross turned in the host of The Morning Kickoff with Ross Tucker, which airs every morning. Furthermore, he is NFL analyst on the TV show Fantasy Football Live on NBC Sports Network.

In addition to his media work, Tucker is the CEO of Go Big Recruiting, LLC, a company co-founded for him, which let athletes submit their own videos to a platform where coaches can see them online.

The people mentioned above are great success examples of retired NFL players, showing that after football life, there is a lot of opportunities for those who want to secure his financial future and increase their incomes through different ways.

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5 Resume Writing Tips for Former Professional Athletes


Professional athletes develop an impressive range of skills while they compete, but it can be difficult to translate these skills onto a resume. Success in competitive sports demands a great deal of resilience, drive, personal accountability, determination, and the ability to work as part of a team. Fortunately, these same traits typically translate into success in nearly every other industry as well. When former professional athletes take the time to learn how to translate their sports experiences to the business world, they can make a strong impression on hiring managers. The following tips can help former professional athletes understand how to present their experiences to potential employers in a compelling resume.

  1. Understand the importance of keywords.

In today’s increasingly technology-driven world, many resumes are scanned by a computer before a human reads them. These systems scan for certain keywords that the company may want associated with their employees. As you begin looking for a job, pay attention to both industry-specific keywords and those related to the particular position in question. After reading through several job listings, you’ll get a sense of the general qualities that all employers are looking for, but you should also pay attention to what stands out in each listing. Some companies will emphasize certain qualities over others. Start by making a list of the desired qualities mentioned in various job listings, and see which ones come up repeatedly.

Once these keywords have been identified, incorporate them into your resume as much as possible through bullet points, or in the “objective” section, if applicable. These lists can point to some of your sports-related skills and experiences. For example, if several job listings in a particular field seem to value innovation and creativity, you can talk about the unique plays that you engineered and helped execute, and how that strategy contributed to wins for your team.

  1. Consider time spent both on and off the field.

Too often, professional athletes are limited by thinking only about what they did during games or in competition. While performance under pressure can point to success in the business world, former athletes should also consider the incredible amount of time that they put into practicing and strategizing. These skills developed off the field and behind the scenes are just as important as an athlete’s performance during games. By balancing qualities developed in both capacities, you can show that you’re a well-rounded candidate capable of operating effectively under stress, as well as preparing for that stress through diligence, critical thinking, and hard work.

  1. Think about the skills that pertain to the desired industry.

Every industry looks for people with different skills. Fortunately, athletes develop many of these skills as a matter of course in training and competition. For example, people interested in going into advertising and marketing need superb communication skills. Operating as part of a team demands excellent communication and other interpersonal skills. Many athletes also have direct experience with marketing and advertising in relation to their agents or their team’s PR activities. Pro athletes are often adept at talking with the press and conveying a certain branded message.

The skills that you choose to highlight can be listed in bullet points. Each bullet point should illuminate how you developed that skill through specific, ideally quantifiable, experiences. If you have extensive experience speaking with members of the media, for example, what were the goals of those interactions and how were those goals achieved?

Skills are related to, but distinct from, keywords. The particular skillsets related to the job in question should guide the structure and content of the bullet points on your resume. Keywords, on the other hand, are words or phrases that a reader may scan for on a first pass of your resume, such as “negotiate,” “conflict resolution,” or “motivate.” You should identify both the skills that recruiters want to see, as well as the more general keywords.

  1. Include any work done with the community.

Professional sports teams often emphasize community outreach and involvement, from speaking at local events to volunteering with area organizations. As a former athlete, you may have engaged in these service opportunities independently or as part of a team. Regardless of your motivation, participation in such initiatives indicates more than just an interest in charity. Athletes who have worked with certain populations—such as children, individuals with disabilities, or another group—have to develop special skillsets. When writing your resume, don’t overlook what you’ve learned from these interactions.

  1. Be strategic when including awards.

Awards that you have received over the course of your athletic career can be included on a resume, but you should do so strategically. If you include an award, it should serve a purpose. Awards for sportsmanship or teamwork can point to your ability to lead, or act as part of a team. Each award should point to a particular skill that translates directly to the position you’re trying to obtain. Of course, if you won a major championship, that should always be included on your resume. While these achievements can point to the culmination of hard work and determination, they also simply serve as great icebreakers during an interview. Many hiring managers may invite a former athlete for an interview simply to talk about a championship game, making them a great way for former athletes to get their foot in the door. Having an excellent resume in addition to impressive athletic achievements will help seal the deal.