Judging Post-Football Careers


Many players leave the NFL and become announcers, broadcasters, restaurateurs, coaches, and businessmen. These are all standard professions that former players have gravitated to over the years. There are two former NFL football players in particular who have chosen far different post football careers.

Byron “Whizzer” White played football at the University of Colorado, graduating in 1938, and went on to a short career in the NFL with Pittsburgh and Detroit (leading the league in rushing in 1938 and 1940). White’s NFL career was cut short by World War II and when the war was over he elected to attend Yale law school instead of returning to football. White went on to serve as the deputy attorney general under Robert Kennedy before being appointed to the Supreme Court by John F. Kennedy. White served on the Supreme Court from 1962 until his retirement in 1993.

Alan Page graduated from college from Notre Dame and went on to play Defensive Tackle for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. Page was one of the more feared defensive linemen in the NFL, making a number of Pro Bowl teams and becoming the first defensive player to win the NFL MVP award without sharing it with an offensive player. Page finished his NFL career playing with the Chicago Bears, retiring in 1983. Though still playing full-time in the NFL, Page received his Juris Doctor degree in 1978 and was a lawyer with a private practice from 1979-1984. Page went on to be appointed a special assistant attorney general before being promoted to assistant attorney general. In 1992, Alan Page was elected as an Associate Justice for the Minnesota Supreme Court, he was subsequently re-elected in 1998 and 2004.

Many expected professions are taken up by former NFL football players after they retire, but Alan Page and Byron “Whizzer” White went a total different direction in their post-football life.

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