If you watch any NFL game on any channel, whether it be Thursday night or Sunday night, ESPN or FOX, chances are you’ll see countless former NFL players. One of the most popular career choices for retired players is to be an analyst or sports commentator for NFL games, if they can snag such a prime gig.
However, there are a lot of players, and consequently, a lot of new retired players every year. So what happens to them? Some players struggle – a statistic in a 2009 Sports Illustrated report cites that 78% of NFL players face some type of financial issues. It may seem ludicrous, considering the often multi-million dollar contracts that star NFL players receive, but with great success and stardom often comes a great disregard for practicality. Some NFL players don’t fully comprehend that their playing days are only a fraction of their lives, and spend recklessly without regard to the future.
This is not the case for all players, however. Many retired NFL players go on to be equally successful in their other endeavours. Name recognition for some of the big stars definitely helps – many players end up getting endorsement deals even after they have retired because their names and faces are so recognizable. NFL players often incorporate the sports world into their post-football careers: they coach high school football teams, they return to coach in the league itself, they work in the business side of sports, etc. Other athletes go a whole new direction, demonstrating that their college degree mattered as much as their college playing time as they embark on careers in finance or business.
If you’re wondering how some NFL stars’ lives have turned out since their retirement from the league, look no further. Here are the stories of ten former NFL stars.
10 Brett Favre
9 Jerry Rice
8 Ryan Kuehl
7 Eugene Profit
6 Dick Butkus
5 Joe Montana
4 Dhani Jones
3 Deion Sanders
2 Joe Namath
1 Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan spent his whole 15 year NFL career with the New York Giants, and the city understandably considered him one of their own. So what did he do after retirement? Well, if you ever watch morning television, you should be able to answer that one – the former defensive end managed to beat out several prospective celebrity hosts to land the coveted hosting role alongside Kelly Ripa. He is now there bright and early every morning on Live! with Kelly and Michael. Apart from his morning hosting duties, he’s also been very involved with the media, in varied roles from analyst for Fox NFL Sunday to star of his quickly canceled sitcom Brothers.
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