We view professional sports names as absolute superstars due to their rare talent to perform in the games we so dearly love. Most of us enjoy one or many sports from childhood that become part of who we are and it shapes our passions in adulthood. The love for a sport or a sports team will create the idolization for one of the better players on the court, ice or field. They do unbelievable things with their athletic ability and lucky genetics that seem impossible for the mere mortal. This causes us to lose sight of how just human even the most rich and famous athletes are.
The story has unfolded far too many times. Rich athlete makes millions of dollars in a short time period. Athlete spends all of the money on frivolous things and loses it all. The athlete’s body is no longer in peak condition with the process of aging and is forced to retire with debt. That tale has been shared numerous times with many greats in just about every professional sport. The ones that end up having to get normal jobs like the rest of us are rarely reported. Quite a few athletes have moved on to completely different career paths than the ones we remember them from.
There have even been some athletes that just have passion in other fields of work and have moved onto that after leaving their sport. Considering an athlete likely has to retire before the age of 40 in most sports, it is naturally healthy for one to enter another line of work to continue to have a day to day purpose. The athletes to have normal jobs range from superstars to sob stories to role players to those with a new desire in life. We’ll look at all of the sides as we break down the top fifteen retired athletes to find regular jobs.
15 Terrell Owens - Model
14 Byung-Hyun Kim - Restaurant Owner
13 Deuce McAllister - Public Speaker
12 Mark Wohlers - Realtor
11 Shandon Anderson - Restaurant Owner
10 David Eckstein - Clothing Line Owner
9 Detlef Schrempf - Business Development Officer
8 Muhsin Muhammad - Wild Wing Café Owner
7 Adrian Dantley - Crossing Guard
6 Vinnie Johnson - CEO of The Piston Group
5 Vin Baker - Starbucks Worker
4 Vince Young - College Employee
3 Derek Jeter - The Players’ Tribute Publisher
2 Karl Malone - Business Owner
1 Randy Johnson - Photography
Randy Johnson is one of the greatest pitchers of all time but he has always been a bit of a recluse when it came to his personality. Very few got a glimpse into the mind of The Big Unit due to his aggressively quiet demeanor. Johnson does work as a photographer these days for love of the art rather than desperately needing the money. Considering Johnson majored in photojournalism during his college days in between striking out opponents on the field, it was an obvious fit to show his artistic side and capture others doing amazing things now. It’s also funny to know Johnson is working behind a camera these days as he once made headlines in New York for pushing a cameraman out of his face. We now know which side of the lens he prefers to be on.
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