Guard Brandon Moore was enrolled in the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at the Harvard Business School last week. Here is his final blog about how the program went for him:
In one of our last classes at the program, a professor came in and gave a speech on career vision — how do you see yourself in the future? Like I said in my last blog, I went into this program with some questions and I left with more questions, but my eyes have been opened to some of the opportunities, different ways to think about how you want to transition into what you want to do.
The biggest thing I took out of it was, the first step, whatever that first step might be, is the most important step. So I’ve got some things in mind.
With the more than 70 players who took part in the program, football was going to be mentioned here and there. The professors might use an analogy comparing business to football. Athletes, as competitors, we always feel we need to be in the game. The analogy to the business world is that it’s OK to be patient, it’s OK to be on the sideline sometimes. The thing that works for us playing football might be somewhat of a hindrance in the business world or private lives.
Some of the professors were football fans. But then when you got to know them a little, you’d find out that since we were at Harvard in Massachusetts, some of the professors were Patriots fans. But that was OK.
None of my current teammates were here at the program, but one thing that stood out for me — not to toot our horns — was the respect that the Jets’ offensive line got sitting around the dinner table. We’d go out to dinner, and there’d be DBs, D-linemen, players from other teams who had lots of nice comments about the season we just had. My reputation kind of precede me, I guess. That’s the first time I’ve ever been around anything like that. It felt good to have guys from around the league who don’t usually care about offensive line play give us some respect.
The program ended last week. I came back to North Jersey for a couple of days. Now I’m in Chicago and Gary, Ind. My wife is from Chicago, I’m from Gary and we’re visiting home, friends and family. Then I’ll be going down to the NFL Combine in a couple of days. The NFLPA is having a Player Safety and Welfare Summit for the second year. Nike, Reebok and other outfitters are coming in to do presentations for the PA. I found that event informative last year and I’m looking forward to it again.
I was asked if going to the Harvard seminar meant I was going to be retiring and opening a restaurant this year. No, no, no, I’ve got a bit more mileage on me. You get so locked into being a football player and into thinking football is the only competitive venue out there. I don’t think I’ll be getting the thrill I get running out on Sunday against New England. But the program was good just to see that there are other options out there after leaving the game.
But retiring from football? You don’t have to worry about that just yet.
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