#MondayMotivation: It’s Football Season Baby!

For this edition of Monday Motivation, I am combining my love of football, especially The Philadelphia EAGLES, with entreprenuership. We hear many stories of professional atheltes that lost their fortunes so I thought I’d share a few that have created succesful entreprenuerial empires.

I am not taking anything away from players that leveraged their celibrity to create successful brands and the dollars that come with it. But I truly appreciate the players who have businesses like ours and made them successful. A few of the players listed I never heard of so I know they didn’t leave the game with millions. They are like us, dreamers with a vision and a plan.

Marques Colston

He played college football at Hofstra University, and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the seventh round (252nd overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played his entire 10-year with the Saints, helping the team achieve victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He is the Saints’ all-time franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards, and total touchdowns.

He started Marques Colston Enterprises (MCE) to empower growth-minded athletes, entrepreneurs and executives to discover, evolve and implement essential tools to better position themselves for sustained success and his other businesess include Main Squeeze Juice Co., a New Orleans-based fast casual juice and smoothie bar and he is a partner at Timeless Herbal Care, a Jamaica-based cannabis company focused on all aspects of the international medical cannabis industry

Eddie George

Eddie George is a former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL running back who played nine seasons in the league. Two years before leaving the NFL, George founded the EDGE Group, a landscape architecture and design firm that serves commercial developers, municipalities, and schools. The 17-person firm has offices in Nashville and Columbus, Ohio. He also owns The Edward George Wealth Management Group and EGX Lifestyle working to help people develop healthy lives,

Alex Bernstein

Alex Bernstein became only the fifth NFL player from Amherst when he signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent following the 1997 NFL Draft.[2] During his four-year NFL career he was a reserve offensive lineman many teams.  In 2000, he suffered a career ending injury and five years after retiring, Bernstein founded North Venture Partners, a software and technology incubator in Oakland, California. The 15-person company has launched or invested in 11 companies. Inc. Magazine named Bernstein one of the most successful NFL players turned entrepreneur.

OAKLAND, CA – JULY 10: Alex Bernstein poses for a portrait at Inoak Offices & Creative Studios where he’s hands on in the software design and development process drawing out click paths and wireframes on a whiteboard for new software on July 10, 2014 in Oakland, California (Photo by Alexis Cuarezma/SI/Fortune)

Barry Word

Barry Word spent 7 years as a running back in the National Football League. He was given the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Now he owns Speedpro Imaging Centreville and services clients Fairfax, Centreville, Manassas, Gainesville and surrounding communities in Virginia/Washington DC.

Jordan Palmer

Back in his playing days, Jordan Palmer was regarded as a fairly average NFL quarterback. Today, NFL quarterback Jordan Palmer has founded a number of businesses. In 2007, he co-founded Rock Software, which built mobile apps for athletes and celebrities. He is now a partner at the online marketing agency Common Thread Collective, whose clients include DIFF Charitable Eyewear and TheraGun. Within the sports realm, Palmer is the founder of the quarterback training camp QB Summit.

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