When I got to the NFL, my agent told me, “F**k your ‘brand’. Your brand will come from what you do ON the field, not off it.”
There is nothing people talk about more and do less than budgeting.
“I’m 33 years old, black and retired.” I love that opener when I’m speaking at corporate events. And yet there is something beyond.
Self-care is one of the most important and consistent aspects of every champion, across every sport. No matter what sport you love, your favorite athlete takes care of themselves almost more than they take care of the equipment they use. And they engage in self-care longer than the time they spend preparing for their game.
Audiences laugh during a speech when I say I’m 33 and retired. I enjoy saying that because I worked hard in my previous career, and I enjoy reminding people of something big they often do not plan for: retirement.
I was at my first state-level competition in high school. All of us athletes there had won our regionals. Every single kid was a top wrestler in the state of Minnesota, then some won, and some lost.
During my NFL career, I received many requests to go to lunch or coffee—as if I didn’t have practice, or a job, or a life. In retirement I’ve noticed there are varying levels of meeting people, some more casual and some more serious. Meeting for a happy hour is pretty casual. Meeting for dinner or…
My first year in the NFL, I found myself $30,000 in debt before I played my first snap. Then boom: before getting my first NFL paycheck, I’d already had my first surgery.