Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jed Lowrie Hits Books at Stanford to Keep Up With Globetrotting Fiancee

Finally,  some proof out there that baseball players finish their degrees during their playing careers.

Click on link above to read article written by's Ed Price

Jacksonville Jaguars-Back in Class

Posted this from Tom Kowalski's Twitter Feed.

Five members of the Jaguars are enrolled in classes this offseason.  Would love to see MLB encourage and assist their players in returning to class

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Baseball's done, now what

I've never really thought about this too much since I threw my last pitch in Santiago, Dominican Republic in January 2008.  I remember thinking to myself after giving the ball to my manager for the last time,  "Well, that part of my life is over, now what?"  I almost immediately turned the page on my professional baseball career and looked forward to my life and career after baseball.  The problem was I wasn't prepared for life after baseball.  I wasn't prepared psychologically, financially, or mentally for the challenges that lie ahead.  I flew home satisfied with the modest career I put together but completely clueless on how I was going to lead my family and myself into the next stage of our lives.  From that point on, I began to make hasty and desperate decisions about my future because I never took the time to plan for life after baseball.

I had been lucky to enough to dream of doing something as a kid and having the talent and opportunity to pursue it.  For 25+ years I was all baseball, all the time, and then instantly that was gone.

Looking back, it would have been so easy to commit to finishing my education online during my playing career.  I was only15 hours shy or graduation and never even looked into what I would need to do to finish.  I also should have taken offseason jobs that could have helped build my resume or give me the opportunity to network with valuable future contacts. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

NFL players get help with post football careers

An excellent article highlighting the NFL-NCAA Football Academy, a program the NFL developed to assist current and former players who want to get into coaching at all levels once their playing careers are over.

Another example of the reason why the NFL is the gold-standard of sports leagues in providing opportunities for current and former athletes to excel in business and career pursuits once their playing days are over.