Transitioning out of the NFL was very difficult. My first year out the league was tough because I was still in limbo, I had to wait and wonder if teams wanted to sign me or not. Two years with no phone calls, I closed the door and started working on other aspirations of mine, such as athletic training. I have always had a knack for hard work, and that included a ton of training. Often at the University of Texas and in the NFL my teammates would ask me to take them through my workouts in the off-season. Instead of making it a hobby or an off-season thing, I realized I could transition from the NFL and still do what I love to do while making a living. In 2014 I started a business called Nuclear Athletes (www.nuclearathletes.com). Now, I am at so much peace because I feel like I am really making a difference in life. I am truly doing what I was put on this earth to, which is serve, mold, and love others. Plus, setting your own hours to work is the best part of being a CEO.
If I wouldn’t have taken care of my finances and saved money, I would not have had the opportunity to do what I wanted to
do after football. Often, young athletes think that once you
make it into the NFL that you are set for life, and that is
just not true. Even if you are one of those very few,
football does not last that long. Many players retire after 3
and 1/2 years around the age of 26. My friends, you have
many, many more years to live after 26. Sadly, many young
professional athletes only live in the now. Some only think
about making money just to go buy things, instead of
creating cash flow or saving it. I will finish with a little
question that I would always ask the younger guys on the
team. This question can fit for anyone in any job related
field. Would you rather be balling (in the form of money)
while you are playing (working), or would you rather be
balling when you are done playing (retired)? I never dreamed
of making it to the top in my profession and it happened. The same can happen to you. Make the right choices now before
you are put in that situation.
2014 was an amazing year. I was awarded the Ed Block Courage Award, nominated for the NFL’s first ever Sportsmanship Award, nominated for USAA’s salute to service award, and given a 4 year contract extension by the Jacksonville Jaguars. I question myself of whether I should bring these things up and mention them, because on the surface they appear as individual achievements and those that know me, know I despise the spotlight. When I thought deeper about these accomplishments, I realized they do not celebrate me rather those that have shaped me to where I stand today. I am very grateful to God and those who have motivated and believed in me by caring more about me more than I could for myself at different parts of my life. Reflecting back on last year, I am happy that all of you who touched my life were rewarded for your work. All the volunteers/sponsors at the camps and events are worthy of the nomination by USAA and the NFL’s Salute to Service, all you who have helped build my character are owed the NFL’s Sportsmanship Award, and the list goes on. These awards are about you and I just wanted to say thank you! If I never receive another accolade on this earth, I am proud today because you are celebrated! Killeen, Austin, Ft.Hood, and many other communities came together as one, and shown the power of community, the human heart! To the children whom ever looked at those accomplishments and dreamed about them, know that life isn’t ALL about achieving your wildest dreams, if that was the case when you achieved it there would be nothing left to live for or do: you would feel empty. Life is about loving and respecting people, the journey, the ups the downs, the fight for the possibilities, the tears of watching them fade, but ultimately the journey through it all. Slow down enjoy the ride, embrace the now and if you take care of now, and fully live in it, the future has a way of working out to be where God himself, designed you to be.
NFL’s Sportsmanship Award
Ed Block Courage Award
Roy Miller talks about growing up and giving back to the military.