During their careers, NFL stars seem immortal. But once they retire, even the most legendary athletes often slip into obscurity. That is, until you run into them at your local supermarket. Yes, these pros are just regular Joes.
STACK was reminded of this recently when we spotted former Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke coaching the defense of his son's football team. Hoke's got a knack for it too; he helped lead the North Allegheny Tiger Pride Black squad all the way to the league's Super Bowl.
It's a job Hoke cherishes, no matter how mundane it may seem. He says, "For 11 years, I played football in the NFL and didn't have a lot of time to spend with my kids, because I was traveling. Getting to spend this time now coaching my son is something you can't replace. It's just an awesome, awesome experience."
Hoke is not the only NFL retiree working a new job. STACK tracks down three of the league's best, guys you could very well see during your next trip to the gas station. Find out what they're doing now.
Jon Kitna finally gets the job he's always wanted
Former Seahawks, Bengals, Lions and Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna recently told the Seattle Times that coming out of college, he believed the NFL was not supposed to happen for him. Sixteen years and 29,745 career passing yards later, Kitna has finally begun his planned career as a high school algebra teacher. Maybe passing routes and math equations have similarities.
(Photo via Seattle Times)
Brett Favre returns to his roots
During his playing days, Favre often spent his off-seasons working out in the weight room at Oak Grove High School (Hattiesburg, Miss.) Occasionally, a lucky young receiver would catch a pass or two from the Packers legend. Now Farve coaches the offense for the championship 6A program. Read the New York Times article about his new gig.
Mike Vrabel is living the college dream
( Linebacker/Tight End, 1997-2010)
For 14 seasons, Vrabel lived, breathed and slept football. Not much has changed. Vrabel, who played linebacker for the Steelers, Patriots and Chiefs, now coaches the defensive line for his alma mater, The Ohio State University. Read the Plain Dealer article here.