A career in the NFL can bring glory, fame and riches beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. But with many players choosing to quit or being forced to retire from the game before they hit 40, a pro footballer’s time on the field is often relatively short.
It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that the sport’s former stars have turned to other pursuits to fill their free time. And with that in mind, here’s a look at what 20 ex-NFL quarterbacks have done since hanging up their cleats for good.
20. Rex Grossman
Rex Grossman was drafted as a first-round pick by the Chicago Bears after establishing himself as one of the Florida Gators’ all-time finest players. But the quarterback never appeared to hit his form as an NFL star, even if he did manage to make it to Super Bowl XLI with the Bears. And, perhaps knowing that he needed to diversify, Grossman ultimately founded recruitment agency Florida Medical Staffing with his wife.
19. Chad Pennington
Chad Pennington enjoyed 11 seasons in the NFL after being selected as a first-round pick by the New York Jets in 2000. He also became the first man to be crowned AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year on two separate occasions, and besides that he once held the quarterback record for career pass completion at 66 percent. But Pennington would eventually embark on an altogether different endeavor by teaming up with business partner J.W. Hart to establish the Professional Bulls Rider stable #10 Bucking Bulls.