Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner — which got me thinking about National Football League players who start businesses later in life. Here’s a look at some of them:
Mike Lodish, Pat’s Gourmet – Lodish, who played in six Super Bowls (four with the Buffalo Bills, two with Denver Broncos), launched his candy business in 2011. The 48-year-old’s company makes peanut brittle from his mother’s recipe.
Dan Marino and Damon Huard, Passing Time winery – The two quarterbacks were Miami Dolphins teammates. Now they’ve teamed up to produce great wine. Marino, 54, and Huard, 42, thought about the idea of a winery for 15 years before finally launching Passing Time in 2014.
Ron Jaworski, Ron Jaworski Golf Management – Jaworski was a quarterback for several teams during his NFL days. Now he has a company that manages golf courses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Jaworoski, 64, also is an NFL analyst on ESPN.
Al “Bubba” Baker, Bubba’s Q World Famous Bar-B-Que & Catering – For a long time, Baker dreamed of national distribution for his patented De-Boned Baby Back Rib Steaks. In 2013, the former Cleveland Browns defensive lineman – who’s now 59 — took a big step toward that goal when he appeared on “Shark Tank” and struck a deal with FUBU clothing line founder Daymond John.
John Elway, multiple businesses – Elway spent his entire career with the Denver Broncos before retiring at age 38. He now serves as the team’s executive vice present of football operations. He also owns or co-owns a couple of car dealerships and has a couple of steakhouses.
Mark Moseley, Five Guys franchise owner – Moseley, a former Washington Redskins kicker, was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1982. After football, Moseley went into real estate and later launched Mark Moseley’s Travel, Mark Moseley’s Famous Fries and other business enterprises. Now 67, Moseley owns several Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchises and serves as the restaurant chain’s Director of Franchise Development.