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The high profile retirements of Andrew Luck and Rob Gronkowski means the NFL season is about to start without one of its most cerebral quarterbacks and most powerful tight ends. While the league certainly won’t miss a beat, it’s now time for both of these players to figure out what to do with all of their free time.
Life After Football: Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, center, poses with USO tour participants after visiting wounded warriors at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., March 2, 2015. From left: actor Dennis Haysbert; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck; Pittsburgh Steelers guard David DeCastro; Winnefeld; Miss America Kira Kazantsev; Colts tight end Dwayne Allen; and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Recently Gronkowksi announced that the next phase of his post-NFL career will include a partnership with CBD products company CBDMedic. As for Luck, during his press conference, he noted that he recently got married and wants to spend some time traveling.
Life After Football: Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end, runs football drills with participants of a ProCamps event on Joint Base Andrews, Md., July 2, 2015. Gronkowski, a three time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl XLIX champion, coached approximately 100 military children during the two-day football camp. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys)
Why it matters: the average length of an NFL career is just 3.3 years. Once these players are done the most popular job choice is being an entrepreneur or working in a small business according to a survey that looked at the Linkedin profiles of 3,000 former NFL players. See the rest of the list below.