Many sports fans think that all the athletes they see on television are millionaires that are set for life. The harsh reality is that is not true for most athletes that are not considered one of the best players on their team. Athletes do make hefty salaries per year but their careers do not always last that long. The average NFL player’s career lasts only 3 years, the average NHL player’s career is 5-6 seasons long, and the average NBA career lasts around 5 seasons as well. Taking those statistics into consideration it is easy to see how many athletes end up going broke because the time they are earning game checks is so short. Most of these players are also very young when they become millionaires, so this leads them to be frivolous with their money.
Being down and out did not stop the athletes that show up on this list. This is a list that consists of players that found normal jobs after their playing careers. The titles of the men on the list consist of C.E.Os and financial planners, all the way down to an Uber driver. Most of these players were forced into these jobs because of their own financial ruins, but others simply chose to work as these jobs for their passions.
Some of the occupations and athletes on this list will shock you. Here are the 15 former athletes with jobs that you would see an every day person doing.
15. Deuce McAllister
McAllister is best remembered for his days as a Pro Bowl running back for the New Orleans Saints. After he was drafted at the end of the first round in 2001 he did not disappoint and eventually ended up finishing as the teams all-time leader in rushing yards. He ascended as the Saints starting running back because Ricky Williams failed to be the star for the Saints that McAllister ultimately was.
McAllister started a car dealership after his playing days and he ran it into the ground eventually ending up $7 million in debt. This lead him to lose most of his wealth including his multi million dollar home. These days instead of running the ball McAllister is running his mouth, not only is he a voice on the radio but he is public speaker as well. If you need someone to give a speech or make a public appearance then call McAllister for his services.
14. A.J. Francis
Lineman are not always the easiest players for fans to recognize off of the field and maybe that is why Francis can do what he does as his side job. In his free time he is participating in the trend that a lot of Americans have done and started driving for the ride sharing app Uber. He is scheduled to make $615,000 for Washington Redskins this season yet he still decided to keep driving with Uber, making $40 to $50 an hour. He decided to start driving for the company back in 2015 when he was uncertain whether he was going to make the Miami Dolphins roster. Francis told the New York Post that he wants to pursue a broadcasting career when his playing days are over. It seems like everyone is becoming Uber drivers these days, even massive 300 pound defensive lineman.
Mideon is known as one of the weirdest wrestlers in the history of the WWE. He was portrayed as a hog farmer, linked to devil worshiping, and even wrestled in a match in only tighty-whities. It easy to see why he was never one of the top wrestlers due to such weird antics and behaviour. Even though he was relatively under the radar as a wrestler, he ended up wrestling for 15 years and retired in 2000.
Oddly enough Mideon broke into the culinary world after his wrestling career. He runs a successful catering business in Lawerenceville, Georgia. His story shows that it does not matter how weird you act on camera, you can make a successful living in field you choose if you work hard enough. He is even hoping to break into television on the Food Network as the next big chef personality.
12. Bryant Reeves
Bryant Reeves is not remembered by many for his play on the court in the NBA for the Memphis Grizzlies. He was drafted sixth overall in 1995 out of Oklahoma State because he was massive at 7’0 and 300 pounds, but he only ended up playing 6 seasons for the team because he did not live up to his lofty draft status. His rookie contract was for six years and was worth $61 million. This money allowed Reeves to do pretty much whatever he wanted after his playing career.
Now Reeves lives his true passion and he works on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma with his wife and kids. Even during his playing career Reeves was known for being a big country guy and now he is truly living up to that reputation post career.
11. Dermontti Dawson
Steeler fans remember Dermontti Dawson as one of the best interior lineman the team has ever had. In his rookie season he played guard along side hall of fame center Mike Webster and the next season when Webster retired Dawson replaced him at centre and had a hall of fame career as well. He was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was recognized as one of the members of the 1990s all decade team.
All this success on the field somehow did not lead to financial success off of it. By 2010 Dawson was over $70 million dollars in debt. This forced Dawson into becoming an intern for the Cincinnati Bengals and a scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now he works for as an executive for a promotional products company run out of San Diego California called Primetime Plus.
10. Mark Wohlers
Wohlers was a flame throwing pitcher in the major leagues for 11 seasons and played for multiple teams in the MLB. He has the third fastest recorded pitch of all time at 103 miles per hour during spring training in 1995 with the Braves, the same year they won the World Series.
After his playing career he decided to dive into the saturated market of real estate and start selling homes. This was somewhat of an epiphany moment, after his house burnt down him and his wife decided to create their own real estate agency called “Team Wohlers”. Their target market is in Georgia near where their own home is located.
9. Chris Nowinski
Perhaps the most intelligent player on the list is Nowinski, he played college football at Harvard University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. After that he used those skills to break into the world of wrestling. He was a finalist on the reality television show “Tough Enough” that was run through the WWE. Nowinski parlayed his 15 minutes of fame into a two year stint with the WWE.
After wrestling Nowinski went on to become a successful author. His book titled Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis, examined the long-term effects of head trauma among athletes, and it even went on to become a documentary as well. He has even co-founded a charity that deals with concussions and head trauma for athletes as well.
8. Muhsin Muhammed
Muhsin Muhammed was a solid possession receiver for 13 seasons in the NFL playing for both the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. He played in two Pro Bowls and also was apart of the Carolina Panther team that played against the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2003 but lost as time expired to a game winning field goal.
After he retired he started a record label like many other athletes that went broke before him. This investment sucked up all of his money and made him go into financial hardship. Muhammed was also sued by his credit card company because of his failure to pay his $25,000 statement. He was also forced to sell his house and he chose to do it on eBay of all places. Now he works in his day to day life as a franchise restaurant owner of the Wild Wing Cafe.
7. Vinnie Johnson
Vinnie Johnson is best remembered as the all important sixth man on the bad boy Detroit Pistons in the late 1980s and early 1990s. All the important members of the bad boys championship teams will remain legends in the eyes of Piston fans forever. Johnson excelled in his ability to score thus he was nicknamed “The Microwave” in the NBA because he could heat up at any moment.
Not only could Johnson create his own shot on the court but he created his own company off the court as well. He retired in 1992 and from that point on dedicated himself to starting The Piston Group, a manufacturing company. He is one of the few athletes that did not take a cut in salary with his new job. As C.E.O. of his business he surely makes a hefty amount each year.
6. Luther Ellis
Luther Ellis played as a defensive lineman in the NFL for 9 seasons, mainly with the Detroit Lions and one season with the Denver Broncos. He was a solid player at his position for most of his career and he even reached the Pro Bowl 2 times with the Lions. Him and Barry Sanders carried the Lions to the playoffs but never had much success as a team.
After he retired he ran into some financial woes and had to file for bankruptcy. This lead him to sign on as a rep for the NFL’s Play 60 program that teaches kids that it is important to get at least 60 minutes of exercise a day. Maybe it was not the best choice to have a massive defensive tackle preach fitness to a bunch of kids but at least Ellis is putting in work to help the youth of America.
5. Jimmy Wang Yang
Jimmy Wang Yang is best known for his time as a wrestler in the WCW, the WWF, and the WWE. Yang was apart of some of the more successful tag teams during his career and was even included in the World’s Strongest Tag Team in Japan in 2002. He was a major fan favourite during his wrestling career for his charisma and he is using that skill in his new job.
His first job after wrestling was with a pest control company but that just was not the best fit for him. He now works as his own boss for his company called Jimmy’s Redneck Party Bus. He has a big van that he picks up people up in and they rent it to have a party and he drives them wherever they want to go. Pretty fitting job for a professional wrestler who enjoyed the party scene himself.
4. Vince Young
Who could forget Vince Young’s incredible run to the National Championship in the classic Rose Bowl match up against the might USC trojans when Young was quarterback of the Texas Longhorns. Young’s stellar collegiate career ultimately did not lead to success in the NFL. He had a great rookie season winning rookie of the year, but after teams had time to study his weaknesses and game plan for him he had way less success.
His lavish lifestyle and crazy spending lead him to become broke so he returned to the place that made him a house hold name. Young now works at the University of Texas in the community engagement centre. He makes a great salary for the average American at $100,000. However this is nothing compared to the millions of dollars he could be making if he was still playing in the NFL as a quarterback.
3. David Wells
David Wells was one of the best pitchers in baseball at one point during his long MLB career that lasted an amazing 20 seasons. During that time he played for 11 teams, made 3 All-Star games, and won the World Series two times. He also had one of the most well known nicknames in the league with chants of Boomer echoing in all the stadiums he pitched in.
After his retirement Wells has dedicated himself to helping kids achieve their baseball dreams like he once did. He has turned many offers to coach at the Major league level to coach at the local high school in the town that he grew up in. Boomer might have had a rough exterior during his playing days, but he is a big softy when it comes to helping out kids.
2. Vin Baker
Vin Baker was a dominant force in the NBA for six teams teams during his 13 year career. He played for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Seattle Supersonics, the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks, the Houston Rockets, and the Los Angeles Clippers. But he was mostly known for his time with the Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle Supersonics. He made four All-Star teams and made over $100 million during his playing days but he eventually lost it all due to his battle with substance abuse problems.
This put Baker in a terrible position and his former owner helped him out in his time of need. Current Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz decided to give his former player a chance to work his way up in the Starbucks company. Now Baker has reached the level of being a manager of a store in Rhode Island. This proves even huge NBA celebrities have to rely on their network to get a job sometimes.
1. Spike Dudley
Spike Dudley is best known for being the wild little brother of the weird Dudley Family. He is best known for pretty much being a human rag doll and taking a tremendous beating in both ECW and WWE. In his matches he got thrown into crowds, got hit by chairs, and broke tables by getting dropped onto them. He was never the star of the show, so he did not make a ton of money during his playing days.
Planning for his future after wrestling, he decided to start working with a financial company called Mass Mutual. This experience lead him to venture off on his own as a financial planner for athletes that do not have his experience with handling their finances. Dudley could have helped a majority of the players on this list so they did not end up working all the odd jobs that they ended up at.
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