Today, Mundy describes himself as a “lifelong athlete,” having put twenty-four years of his life into the game. His youth football dreams turned into an undergraduate career at the University of Michigan and a graduate year at West Virginia University. Then in 2008, Mundy was surrounded by his family and friends when he was drafted by his childhood team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. “For me to spend my childhood years up to college really pursuing that dream and having a community—my family and my friends—support me every step of the way, and then to realize that dream in front of them by getting drafted back home, was really special,” he said.
His rookie year with the Steelers started with his loved ones and ended with a Super Bowl ring on his finger, a truly surreal experience for Mundy. His NFL career spanned eight years, playing also for the New York Giants and the Chicago Bears.
When it came time for Mundy to retire, however, he felt a sense of mourning while walking away from the only lifestyle he had ever known; “pretty much all roads led back to football,” he said. Having built his life around the game — from going to school for football, earning a living through football, and having met his wife and close friends through ties to the game— leaving it behind was a difficult transition.