The New York Jets receiver has learned that preparing for life after football may be just as important as ones protection for playing the game.
Remembering that most NFL players lack the career longevity that Marshall himself has attained.
“To get to the point of being an elite athlete, you almost have to let the sport define you. And when you do that, you’re setting yourself up for turmoil in the end when the game is taken away from you,” Marshall said in a phone interview with Newsday while vacationing with family in Colorado. “And it always gets taken away from us. But we go through that transition in a way that is unhealthy because we haven’t sat down and focused on other interests or other opportunities. We’ve been consumed by the sport and the journey. And I think that’s a tragedy when we do that.”
And Marshall understands the need for a career after the all consuming NFL “life”.
Marshall is now in his 11th season and second year with the New York Jets and has established a T.V. Analyst / Personality as a second career with his weekly gig on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL”, in addition to his @Project375 mental health awareness program.
The NFL, for its part has established programs, along with the NFLPA, in helping athletes from their rookie finances through to retirement, if your lucky enough to truly make a career out of football.
The average length of a players career has been hotly contested by the NFL. While many consider four years to the litmus test, the NFL breaks it down to brackets. Their intent is to show, for instance, that players whom make it past their initial rookie contracts, tend to have longer careers overall.
There are a plethora of categories finding new career length based on reaching certain highlights.
Regardless, the NFLPA considers all players as a single pool – the two sides may never agree, but more emphasis needs to be put on life after football.
New York born and bred, James is a decades long New York Jets Fan and writer dating back to their Superbowl days. A frequent guest on sports talk shows James is the host of OneJetDrive on Blogtalk radio, OneJetDrive Facebook Group and page As well as mixlr. A former U.S. Marine. Semper Fi.