Welcome to the latest installment of Top 5, Dead Or Alive. Each week, we’ll ask one of our writers to come up with a definitive list of the five best people, places or things in a particularly subjective category — then, we’ll ask you to tell him who or what is missing from the list. Feel free to be a total dick.
Today, Eric Goldschein examines the people who were much more successful off the field than on it. Tell him what he missed in the comments, on Twitter, or by e-mail.
Some athletes become all-time greats. Some of them become solid role-players. And some of them fade into the ether, merely pawns in the greater game, never to be heard from again. Here’s one thing all these athletes have in common: At some point, they must cease playing sports and find something else to do.
What happens to those who can no longer make money as athletes, but have their whole lives ahead of them? Many take jobs related to their field — coaching, scouting, training, analyzing. But some leave athleticism behind entirely, and things turn out much better for them than we ever could have imagined.
Here’s a list of five guys whose sporting careers will end up being mere footnotes in the game of life.