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Reggie Kelly has great advice for today’s players
So when should an NFL player begin planning for life after football? The right answer is ASAP.
“I started preparing for life after the game of football as soon as I was drafted,” former NFL tight end Reggie Kelly told FOX 5.
Kelly ultimately played 13 years for the Falcons and Bengals, but he didn’t know whether he’d make it 13 games when he arrived. “I didn’t know how my career would go,” Kelly said. “I didn’t know if it was going to come to a screeching halt as a lot of guys’ careers do.”
He has applied a simple, but powerful, philosophy. “If you do the little things right, the big things will follow, and that’s what carried me through my NFL career,” Kelly said.
Kelly now owns a salsa company, which also sells jambalaya sauce and blackberry-flavored honey. And it’s all because he realized from the moment he arrived in the NFL that, for every player, the NFL eventually disappears.