A significant shift from the defined roles on the field, to an unscripted path beyond sports. In social and professional settings, a retired athlete may be asked the worst question during this transition; “so, what do you do (for work)”

Navigating this transition is tough, and may take many years

If not decades to truly find an answer to this question. Your average Joe who retires at 67 after a long tenure as an IT Consultant, doesn’t have to worry about this dynamic. So what do you do now, Joe?” “I’m retired after 34 years as a consultant, I golf all day” This may work for him, but not us. How old are you, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s?

So, what are our options?

Join an Alumni organization who receives funding from their respective league.

Join a private organization who promises connection and business success with their paid seminars, paid business toolkit, and/or paid fill in the blank.

Find alumni in your area and contact them via LinkedIn

Create or join on Facebook group.


Have you been on LinkedIn lately?

Need bread, mayo, and mustard for all that SPAM. Not only is it incredibly noisy, it’s not the right medium. LinkedIn lets people build their resumes for free, then charge employers money to hire the best employees. The “social feed” where people post give employers insights into the employees they may hire.

Charging for camaraderie

Charging for camaraderie and us to connect with each other through the lens of business tools and classes is highway robbery. Of course I don’t know how to start and run a coffee shop after my 6 years of playing in the NBA and 4 years of school. Of course having a group of “mentors and business coaches” could help in that process. What would I really gain from their webinars vs connecting with a 7 year NFL vet who scaled his first coffee shop to 15 locations and is now a franchisor? In 2017, Intuit ran a study on business owners and found that 9% or business owners had a business degree. I do not discount schooling as being important, access to relevant experience is the best university.

The leagues aren’t investing

The leagues aren’t investing in an oversight alumni group out of the graciousness in their hearts. .It a PR spin that, in some cases, do actually provide value if one is in the need of specific medical resources or discounts shopping on nike.com. It’s like standardized testing in school, these resources are able to provide metrics, therefor can be used to get more funding. For example, 427 free YMCA memberships were used by former NFL players in 2024 compared to 326 the year prior. Our engagement numbers are up, we are helping retired guys stay in shape, we need $X more million next collective bargaining agreement to expand our program. When the fact is, the Alumni organizations have salaried chapters presidents who travel to spread the word, and they don’t come cheap. Im glad some guys are getting paid.

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