Footballers with Normal Careers

Rows of american football balls in NFL Experience in Times Square, New York,


Most football fans have wondered what it feels to go from star footballer to guy with normal careers, here’s a look at some of those stories.

Some footballers went on to have careers in places we can’t necessarily call normal, like:

News reporters and stars

A lot of footballers become sideline commentators of the same game they played, they can go on to host successful sports shows. Some like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson even become Hollywood superstars. 

Football stardom is a big trampoline for success on all kinds of screens. 

Playing other games like

A lot of players have moved on from playing onto investing or playing in online gaming ventures, and why not.

In the age of the internet where you can have games like slots and more at, there’s plenty of growth possibilities in an industry like this one. 

It makes sense that footballers would put their eye on other competitive games online. 

While these are completely valid and expedited routes for non-active footballers to take, what really interesting is those that choose a more common life over the lights and cameras: 

Dermontti Dawson

One of the most successful centers to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played his entire career, this impressive 7 time Pro Bowler, was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 but had to file for bankruptcy in 2010.

Poor resource management put him in a dire financial situation, but he seems to have been able to recuperate from it, he now works as a sales executive and owns a part of the Washington Wild Things, a team that plays in the Independent Baseball League. 

Vince Young

A respectable quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, in only his first year he was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006, he made over $30 million in his time as a player. 

Things took a turn for Young when he had to file for bankruptcy, after what is thought to be a combination of a lush lifestyle, and according to his betrayal from his financial advisors. 

Young managed to get his life back on track and went back to his alma mater the University of Texas where he works at the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement department.

Definitely not as ostentatious as his former lifestyle but must feel good to be back.

Deuce McAllister

This notable running back played with giant teams Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints where he always stood out, still holding the all-time record for most career rushing yards at 6,096 with the Saints. 

After mismanaging more than $70 million dollars, McAllister turned to public speaking and has made a name for himself in the industry, where he speaks of the finances mistakes that led him array and ward others not to make the same mistakes. 

Change is inevitable

All of these remarkable stories draw attention to being able to reinvent yourself, make changes that stay, and being able to adapt to new situations. 

These men came from the highest of the high to very low points and managed to pull themselves together again, so if these pro ballers can do it, why not you?

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