Retired Athletes Don't Fade Away, They Join the Workforce

By Noah Davis 

Sure, if you’re a retired professional athlete you could go the TV analyst route. You know, earn a large paycheck by offering relatively inane observations and fake laughing for a few hours a week. But why would you do that when you could get down, get dirty, and create?

On second thought, maybe don’t answer that question. But two players are making their way in the working world, and we salute them.

First, from Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback column: “Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me I – Stolen from reader Jim Connolly of Reading, Mass., and one I could not refuse: Tom Brady wasn’t the only Patriots quarterback to have a good week. Drew Bledsoe’s new winery, Doubleback, had its Cabernet Sauvignon place 53rd overall in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines.”

The former quaterback entered the wine business earlier this year. If nothing else, Doubleback has a lovely website.

And then there’s Wayne Chrebet.The former New York Jets wide receiver found a new calling as a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley.

“The same mental toughness that you saw on the field, he’s taken that with him,” Matt Higgins, the Jets’ executive vice president for business operations, told the Wall Street Journal.

But would he invest in Bledsoe’s winery?