Anyone who plays football professionally knows that they won’t be able to play forever. That means they need to have post-football career plans in mind.
For some, Wall Street is the perfect fit. It’s cut-throat, super competitive and it takes a lot of discipline to put in all those long hours.
So it should come as no surprise that there are a bunch of former football stars working in trading, investment banking and wealth management.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the best football players in finance. (Note: These names are not in any particular order).
Many of these guys played professionally before heading to Wall Street. Others were standouts in college. Some have even done internships at investment banks during the off-season while still playing in the NFL.
If we’re missing any big names, feel free to send an email to [email protected] to add to the list. A photo would also be greatly appreciated.
Finance Job: He an assistant vice president in the wealth and investment management division of Barclays.
School: Hofstra University (c/o 1995)
Pro Team: New York Jets
Highlights: Chrebet played 11 seasons for the Jets. He set the NFL record for hte most receptions by a wide receiver during his first two seasons. During his NFL career, he had 580 receptions and 41 touchdowns.
Finance Job: He's a managing director/co-founder of private equity firm Northgate Capital.
School: Stanford (c/o 1992)
Pro Teams: Cleveland Browns (1992-1995), San Francisco 49ers (1996, 1999) and Detroit Lions (1997-1998)
NFL star quarterback Peyton Manning said Bryan Fletcher, who works at Credit Suisse, always has 'brilliant ideas.'
Finance Job: Fletcher works in equity sales at Credit Suisse. Before that, he was a financial analyst at City Securities Corporation.
School: UCLA (c/o 2002)
Position: Tight End
Pro Teams: Indianapolis Colts (2005 to 2007) and the Chicago Bears (2002 to 2004)
Highlights: He played in the NFL for the from 2002 until 2007.
In a video from 2006, Peyton Manning referred to Fletcher as 'the suggestion box' and that he has 'always got these brilliant ideas.'
Finance Job: He's the president of broker-dealer Academy Securities.
School: United States Naval Academy (c/o 1984)
Pro Teams: New York Giants (1984 to 1985), Green Bay Packers (1986), New York Giants (1986 to 1988), Phoenix Cardinals (1989) and San Diego Chargers (1989)
Highlights: During his pro career, he caught 67 passes for 1,113 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.
Finance Job: He's a senior portfolio specialist at Thornburg Investment Management in Florida, according to his LinkedIn profile.
School: Boston College (c/o 1994)
Position: Tight End
Pro Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars (1995 to 1998, 2002), New York Giants (1999 to 2000), Detroit Lions 2001, and Indianapolis Colts (2003 to 2004)
Highlights: During Mitchell's NFL career, he played in 114 games, had 2,885 receiving yards and made 15 touchdowns.
Finance Job: Everett runs his namesake Registered Investment Advisory, Jim Everett Company.
School: Purdue University (c/o 1986) (He holds an MBA from Pepperdine University)
Pro Teams: Los Angeles Rams (1986 to 1993), New Orleans Saints (1994 to 1996) and San Diego Chargers (1997)
Highlights: During his NFL career, he had a total of 34,837 passing yards and 203 touchdowns.
Finance Job: He's an associate at Knight Capital.
School: Boston College (c/o 2008)
Pro Teams: Los Vegas Locomotives (UFL) and New York Jets
Highlights: He signed with the Jets in January 2011 and was let go in August.
Finance Job: He works at Barclays.
School: Yale (c/o 2012)
Position: Defensive Lineman
Pro Team: Pittsburgh Steelers (He was cut)
Highlights: The Yale undrafted free agent was signed by the Steelers in 2012 and later cut. During his senior year at Yale, he was named 'Second-team All-Ivy League' selection. He also received Yale's Jordan Oliver Award, which is awarded to the player who has earned the highest respect of his teammates.
Finance Job: He's an investment banking analyst at Cogent Partners.
School: Harvard University (c/o 2011)
Position: Free Safety
Pro Team: Dallas Cowboys (He was cut from the regular season roster)
Highlights: He was captain of the Harvard football team and a two-time First Team All-Ivy.
Last year's 'Wall Street's Best Athlete' RBC decathlon winner Mark Rubin, who works at Barclays, played briefly for the St. Louis Rams.
Finance Job: He works in fixed income futures sales at Barclays.
School: Penn State (c/o 2010)
Pro Team: St. Louis Rams
Highlights: He had a brief stint with the St. Louis Rams. Last year, he was named 'Wall Street's Best Athlete' after winning the annual RBC Decathlon.
Finance Job: He works at Third Point LLC covering Technology, Media & Telecom.
School: Vanderbilt (c/o 2001)
Highlights: Zolman played three seasons in the NFL. He also spent a season with NFL-Europe playing for Rhein Fire, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Finance Job: He's an energy trader/ analyst at hedge fund George Weiss Associates.
School: Princeton (c/o 2006)
Pro Team: Arizona Cardinals
Highlights: While at Princeton, he was a four-year starter. He was named Sports Network, Associated Press and Walter Camp First Team Football All-American Cornerback and was a three-time All Ivy Team.
Finance Job: In the past, Bolcar has worked at Gleacher & Co, ICAP and Jefferies & Co, FINRA records show.
School: Notre Dame (c/o 1990)
Pro Teams: Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins
Highlights: Bolcar completed three seasons in the NFL (one with the Seattle Seahawks and two with the Miami Dolphins). While at Notre Dame, he was named a two-time second team All-American (1987, 1989). He also captained the 1988 championship team.
Finance Job: He interned at Merrill Lynch wealth management during his vacation time from football.
School: Vanderbilt (c/o 2010)
Position: Offensive Tackle
Pro Teams: New England Patriots (2011), St. Louis Rams (2011), Philadelphia Eagles (2012) and Buffalo Bills (2012 to present).
Highlights: He's considered Vanderbilt's 'most gifted lineman.'
School: University of Delaware (c/o 1980)
Pro Teams: New York Giants (1980 to 1983) and Denver Broncos and St. Louis Cardinals.
Highlights: He was playing for the University of Delaware Blue Hens when they won the national championship in 1979.
Finance Job: Howard took an internship at Merrill Lynch and turned it into a full-time job. He currently works in wealth management in Towson, Maryland.
School: Brown University (c/o 2010)
Position: Defensive Tackle
Pro Teams: Tennessee Titans (2010), Oakland Raiders (2010), Seattle Seahawks (2011) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2012).
Highlights: He was drafted by the Titans in 2010 and released in September. While playing at Brown,
Finance Job: Fletcher works as an associate at Merrill Lynch, FINRA records show.
School: Stanford (c/o 2009)
Pro Team: New Orleans Saints
Highlights: He was an undrafted rookie for the Saints. He had to retire early due to a life-threatening issue with his kidney, according to BleacherReport.com.
Finance Job: He's an associate at Citi.
School: UCLA (c/o 2010)
Highlights: He was a walk-on for UCLA. He played three seasons for the UCLA Bruins and saw action in 10 games.
He's competing in the RBC Decathlon for the title of 'Wall Street's Best Athlete.'
Finance Job: He currently works at broker-dealer Mann Mann Jensen, FINRA records show. He has spent many years on Wall Street working for Oppenheimer, Smith Barney and Credit Suisse First Boston, just to name a few.
School: Yale (c/o 1965)
Position: Running Back
Pro Teams: New York Giants (1965 to 1967), Green Bay Packers (1967 to 1969), Washington Redskins (1969) and New York Jets (1970)
Finance Job: Wooden is an associate at Goldman Sachs.
School: Notre Dame (c/o 2007)
Position: Defensive Cornerback
Highlights: He played five seasons for Notre Dame making 116 tackles and intercepting two passes. He graduated with a degree in finance with a 3.834 GPA his final semester, according to the campus newspaper.
Finance Job: He's the co-head of private capital at Greenhill & Co.
School: Duke University (c/o 1992)
Team(s): New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals (back-up quarterback)
Highlights: Brown was a star when he played for the Duke Blue Devils. He was also a first round supplemental NFL pick.
Finance Job: He's a financial advisor for Capital Guardian Wealth Management based in Charlotte, North Carolina, FINRA records show.
Position: Right Cornerback
Pro Teams: Dallas Cowboys (2001), the Houston Texans (2002 to 2005) and the Giants (2006).
Highlights: During his pro career, he played in 83 games, made 71 tackles and 12 assists.
Finance Job: He's a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley in Atlanta.
School: North Carolina A&T
Position: Offensive Tackle
Team(s): Buffalo Bills
Highlights: Stith was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Cleveland Browns. He's 6'9' and he weighed 320 pounds when he played in the NFL.
Wall Street Career: Shaffer is a partner at Goldman Sachs. Before Goldman, he was in debt and equity at Merrill Lynch.
School: Penn State
Highlights: Shaffer was the 1986 National Championship quarterback at Penn State.
Finance Job: He's the co-head of global TMT investment banking at Goldman Sachs. The star analyst left Goldman in early 2008 to take a job as CFO of the NFL. In 2010, he left the NFL to return to Goldman.
School: United States Military Academy at West Point
Highlights: He was an All-East and Academic All-American football player
Finance Job: He's a vice president and credit focused equity trader at Credit Suisse in New York, according to his LinkedIn.
School: Lafayette College
Team(s): Chicago Bears (May 2006 to July 2006)
Highlights: He signed as a rookie free agent for the Bears. During his senior year at Lafayette, he received every Division I-AA All America honour possible.
Finance Job: He recently left Goldman Sachs' Dubai unit to start a closely held Islamic lender, Bloomberg News reported.
School: Penn State
Pro Teams: New York Giants (2000 to 2003), Carolina Panthers (2004 to 2005) and the New York Giants (2006)
Highlights: During his 7 NFL seasons, he made a total of 267 tackles.
Aaron Greeno, who played for the University of Miami's national championship team, works at Morgan Stanley.
Finance Job: Greeno works in Real Estate Investing at Morgan Stanley, according to his LinkedIn page.
School: University of Miami
Position: Tight End
Highlights: Greeno was a member of the University of Miami's 2001 national championship team.
Steve Young, who runs a private equity firm, was a famous quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers and is now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Finance Job: He's the managing partner and co-founder of private equity firm Huntsman Gay Global Capital.
School: Brigham Young
Pro Teams: Los Angeles Express and San Francisco 49ers.
Highlights: He played in the NFL for more than 15 years as a quarterback spending most of that time with the San Francisco 49ers. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Super Bowl XXIX, Sports Illustrated and Sporting News's 'Player of the Year', and the NFL's 'Most Value able Player' in 1992 and 1994. He's also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the highest-rated quarterback in NFL history.
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