15 Athletes You Might Find in an Office
After the championship is won (or not) and the crowds all go home, many professional athletes find it difficult to carve out a second career after they leave the big leagues. Some lucky few are offered positions in sports-related fields like broadcasting, management, or advertising, while a very select number of others are able to retire on their substantial earnings and spend the rest of their days at leisure. However, most athletes find themselves in search of a second career after their time in professional sports. Here are a few that made the successful transition to 9-to-5 jobs.
1. Karl Malone
Karl “The Mailman” Malone had many different jobs after his career in the NBA — doing everything from trucking to hosting an ESPN show — and he insisted that he had so much money remaining from his successful career that he wouldn’t take any salary for any of his subsequent jobs. The two-time MVP chose to give back to his community after he left basketball, doing things like hauling lumber for neighbors in his community just because he enjoys trucking. In addition to helping his neighbors, he also owns several businesses.
2. Jorge Posada
Jorge Posada is a busy guy, even when he was still playing professional baseball. His son with wife Laura Posada was diagnosed with craniosynostosis, a rare condition that affects the shape of a growing child’s skull. During his career in baseball, he wrote several books including a children’s book, a cookbook, and a memoir which dealt with his family’s response to his son’s diagnosis. After he left the Major Leagues, he established a foundation that supported craniosynostosis research.
3. Kareem McKenzie
Kareem McKenzie played for both the Jets and the Giants for a total of 11 seasons of NFL football, but after he finished, he was faced with the realities of the mental and physical strain that those playing years had cost him. He decided to start training as a psychologist in order to help counsel people through the strains of trauma. Once he receives his doctorate, McKenzie’s focus will be on athletes and army servicemen, helping them make positive transitions from their active careers into civilian life.