From the NFL to Stryker
Updated: Jan 12
Once the NFL football season comes to an end, chances are, there are many players announcing their retirement. You might automatically assume that these players will end up in a sports-related profession such as coaching or broadcasting, however, LinkedIn data shows that most NFL players end up starting their own business (20%) or working in sales (18%). Of the retired NFL players who end up working in sales, most go on to work at Stryker!
We sat down with a few of our former professional athletes to understand more about their transition from the NFL and why they chose Stryker.
Andy Groom, Account Manager Punter | 4 years in the NFL
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams
“If you love a job where they treat you like a big boy/girl and let you run your own business, then this job is for you. You can make NFL type of money if you put the work in and still have a GREAT family life.”
Nick Miller, Makoplasty Product Specialist
Wide Receiver, Punt Returner, Kick Returner | 4 years in the NFL
Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Philadelphia Eagles
“I chose Stryker because it was a smooth transition from the competitive field and team atmosphere that sports gives you. You get a lot of those same things when working with Stryker.”
Boomer Grigsby, Sales Rep
Linebacker, Fullback, Special Teams | 5 years in the NFL
Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans
“My advice to current NFL players who will be retiring soon and are looking for a new job is that it's okay to not be okay. The transition is hard, you are not alone. Call me!"
Samuel Wilder, Area Sales Manager
Offensive Guard | 3 years in the NFL
San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts
“Transitioning from the professional football world, I wanted to be surrounded by individuals and teams that viewed themselves as professionals at their craft. I was lucky enough to find this Stryker family and it's been an amazing 15 years!"
Ryan Considine, Sales Rep
Offensive Line | 1 year in the NFL
Green Bay Packers
“Stryker has provided me a highly competitive and selective organization that rewards performance over anything else. It has also allowed me to develop myself while still fostering a team mentality second only to football, in my experience.”