After the championship is won (or not) and the crowds all go home, many professional athletes find it difficult to carve out a second career after they leave the big leagues. Some lucky few are offered positions in sports-related fields like broadcasting, management, or advertising, while a very select number of others are able to retire on their substantial earnings and spend the rest of their days at leisure. However, most athletes find themselves in search of a second career after their time in professional sports. Here are a few that made the successful transition to 9-to-5 jobs.
1. Karl Malone
Karl “The Mailman” Malone had many different jobs after his career in the NBA — doing everything from trucking to hosting an ESPN show — and he insisted that he had so much money remaining from his successful career that he wouldn’t take any salary for any of his subsequent jobs. The two-time MVP chose to give back to his community after he left basketball, doing things like hauling lumber for neighbors in his community just because he enjoys trucking. In addition to helping his neighbors, he also owns several businesses.