The first three months after football, my goal was to lose the playing weight, which I actually did. I went from about 315 pounds to 250 pounds.
After that, I didn't know what I wanted to do, which was probably the hardest part for me. I really struggled, it was definitely the low point.
I met with people I knew in different industries I thought I might be interested in. I set meetings with different professionals: realtors, doctors, lawyers, politicians, etc. I also interned with NFL Films for a week. I was trying to see what the day-to-day of these different professions looked like.
I ended up doing medical device sales for three years. During those three years, I was in over 500 heart surgeries. I really enjoyed that profession. There were a lot of similarities and a lot of synergy with what football was. It was competitive, you had to prepare, and you had to perform every day.