First, let me know what you’ve been doing with yourself since the NFL?
After the NFL I got involved in financial services and started the Golden Ratio business with offices in Palm Springs, California, Oregon, and Washington. My experiences in the NFL learning to handle my own finances got me into it. I got my securities license and became successful, getting into asset management and employee benefits for organizations and individuals.
First, tell me a bit about what you’ve done since you retired from coaching?
I worked for IMG sports Academy for about six or seven years, working with guys like Eli Manning, Chad Pennington, and Thomas Jones, getting them ready for the draft. Worked with a lot of first round guys. IMG – they get good people.
First, let us know what you’ve been doing with yourself since your time in the NFL?
I’m working for a credit union now. I’m back in Seattle where I grew up. I started here a few months ago.
How tough was that transition from the NFL to life afterwards!
It’s going pretty good now but it was tough at first. My whole life I was kind of like, used to training and being a part of a team. Then you’re done suddenly and you have to figure out what’s next. My main goal is to figure out what’s next after football.
I did take an NFL symposium last year for players transitioning out of football. I worked with a job search company there that helped me as well. Continue reading
First, how did you get your start in esports?
I ran into the owner of SK Gaming when I was in Hollywood at an In and Out Burger. I was working on video content then and was able to transfer my skills there. I climbed through the ranks of esports there and managed two amateur (Challenger) League of Legends teams and helped them make it to the pro level – the League of Legends Championship Series to the national level (Renegades & Misfits). It would be like being a general manager of a college team and them winning the rose bowl to make it into the NFL if there were qualifications into the NFL – that kind of equivalent. – the Los Angeles Renegades later rebranded as the Detroit Renegades and Misfits Gaming in Europe. Continue reading
First, can you let us know a bit about what you’re doing with yourself these days?
My dream as a player was always to retire out West. I am a passionate fly fisherman and I love the mountains, My wife and I near the end of my career went on a number of trips to Montana, Idaho…those great Midwestern states. By accident we went on a vacation a year before I retied to a town West of Calgary near the Rocky Mountains. It was one of the most beautiful places on the planet. By the end of the week all four of us agreed it was the most beautiful place we’d ever seen.
First, can you let readers know what you’re doing now – what foundations or work we should be paying attention to?
Well, I’m living in Atlanta with my beautiful wife and two great ids. That’s about it for me. My foundation is The Bus Stops Here . It’s for underprivileged, at-risk kids. I’ve been involved with that for over twenty years.
The whole idea is to impact change in the community where I grew up. I benefited from that when I was a kid and my goal now is to help other at-risk kids now in Detroit. I got help from Reggie McKenzie when I was a kid and it hanged my life. I wanted to do the same thing for others now that I can. Continue reading
First, can you let me know what you’ve been doing with yourself now since you retired from the NFL and how you got started?
I’m selling residential real estate in North Hills now. It’s been awesome – I like it more than I anticipated I would.
When I was done with football, I started thinking of what to do next. My mom was in real estate in Minnesota and my dad was in construction. I started weighing the pros and cons of the different ideas I was thinking about and it always came back to real estate. It’s work but offers flexibility. I have a young family – two young daughters, so I liked that aspect. You can set your own pace and schedule and control how busy you are.
First, tell me what you’ve been doing with yourself lately?
At the present I’m job hunting. I was at RMU for the 2016-2017 season as their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach We had a lot of work to do to rebuild the offense. I only had one recruiting class there and we had to redshirt five of those players – it was the right thing to do for the program to help turn it around.
First, let’s talk about your coaching career – why did you decide to stay involved the game as a coach?
I think it was just how I was brought up to play. I just had good coaches and played in good cultures and locker rooms. I had really good high school coaches – Coach Wright, who’s in the Mississippi Hall of Fame, Coach Absen who was my track coach and even my coaches in Little League Baseball. Coach Haskins – they all set good examples.
So, let’s start from the start – how you got into acting after your time in the NFL?
Well when I stopped playing football I got a job as an architectural engineer at Bechtel. I was looking for freedom though – the nine-to-five hours and one hour for lunch didn’t fit me well. So I was watching TV and saw Dihann Carroll show’s, Julia, and she had a new boyfriend every week on that show. So I said to myself, I’m better looking than those guys and can do that, so I went to Hollywood and BS’d my way into the studio and convinced them to give me the role. It only took my three weeks to make that happen.