Pro-Files: Athletes Who Have Swapped Sport For Business

Professional athletes are some of the most well paid people in the U.S. for the time they are employed, albeit a relatively short time. When age and injury necessitate retirement, these athletes proved to be even more successful in their second careers.


Former NFL QB Ron Jaworski has built a successful golf fiefdom through passion, hard work and knowing what players want.


During their three seasons as Miami Dolphins teammates, Dan Marino and Damon Huard often dreamed of starting their own winery. In 2010, they did just that.


Best known as the answer to a Super Bowl trivia question, Mike Lodish is tackling the food industry with his mom's peanut brittle recipe with Lodish's Champion Brittle.


For over 16 MLB seasons, Todd Zeile played mostly third base or first base for 11 different teams, and some of the game’s most successful managers. Now, Zeile is an entrepreneur on the hunt for TV and movie projects.


After completing the rarest trifecta in racing at the 1967 Daytona 500, the '69 Indianapolis 500 and the '78 Formula One championship, racing champion Mario Andretti left the track in '93 but he hasn't slowed down, launching several businesses to support his family and high-revving spirit.

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After a troubled childhood riddled with fear and poverty, Dan Goldie spent more than five years as an ATP pro tennis player and then used his sports career to springboard into a lucrative financial career and business.


Former Bengals tight end Tony McGee is still handling precious cargo and delivering it to the end zone with his business venture, HNM Global Logistics.


Two-time heavyweight champion, current minister and entrepreneur George Foreman is still fighting and making his mark in the business world.


With four Super Bowl blowouts and two titles on his resume, Denver Broncos' former quarterback and current general manager John Elway is sure he has another Lombardi trophy coming to him.


Once a talented driver with Indy 500 dreams, Roger Penske took his love for racing and turned himself into a race-car titan and dominant sports owner.


Once a clumsy kid from Tuscaloosa, Ala., John Stallworth became a Hall of Fame wide receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is now a tycoon, part owner of the team and a philanthropist.


After an unconventional career in baseball, David Eckstein has a surprising postplaying career as a business partner with his wife for their sci-fi clothing company.


Once the smallest player in the Big East, 5'3" Pookey Wigington is now standing tall in the comedy world.


A legend on the golf course, "The Golden Bear" is building on his nickname and celebrated career with a global empire spanning everything from water to wine.


Earning both a Super Bowl ring and a MBA in the same year, this Chicago Bears safety took his fast, aggressive style of play into the business world.


After a brief and unlikely stint in the NFL, Alex Bernstein has turned himself into a major player in the tech world.


After a storied career with the Baltimore Orioles, Cal Ripken Jr. has found success in many different areas in the world of business.


Former first-round pick Jonathan Bender goes from NBA to inventor with a revolutionary way to train and rehabilitate from injuries.


Junior Bridgeman has traded baskets for a large portfolio of restaurants after his playing career with the Milwaukee Bucks came to a close. 


Gary Player won the first of his nine majors, the 1959 British Open, at 23, and the last at the 1978 Masters. Since then, the former golf star has made his mark as a business tycoon.


After a Hall of Fame career as the Dallas Cowboys' "Captain Comeback," Roger Staubach found a second career and a new moniker with his multi-million dollar real estate business.

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