These Star Executives Were Athletes Before Joining The Front Office

Athletes | 4/22/20

For a lot of athletes, retiring means the end of their sporting days. They settle into family life or find new careers in a different industry. Every so often, however, an athlete still has the itch and would prefer to stay involved in sports. From Reggie McKenzie moving from the gridiron to winning a Super Bowl in Green Bay’s front office, to John Elway finding his way back to Denver, some stars are destined for a second act. These are the best athletes who became successful executives.

Reggie McKenzie Reinvented The Packers

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Reggie McKenzie played for five years in the NFL as a linebacker for the Los Angeles Raiders and San Francisco 49ers. Drafted by the Raiders in 1985, McKenzie was a starter from day one. His time as a starter was short-lived though, and he was relegated to the bench in 1988.

In 1994, McKenzie moved from the field to the front office, joining the Green Bay Packers as a pro personnel assistant. Eventually, he worked his way up to director of football operations. As a Packer, McKenzie helped craft two Super Bowl-winning rosters.