These Quarterbacks Starred In New Careers After Retiring From The NFL
Not all quarterbacks in the NFL are destined for greatness. Some have a few good years starting, then retire and enter civilian life. Others spend the ends of their careers as backup quarterbacks or playing in the Indoor Football League. And what about when the shoulder pads finally come off? Not every former player ends up as an analyst on ESPN like Matt Hasselbeck. David Garrard became a small business owner. Do remember when he was the quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars? And if you ever wondered what happened to Jason Campbell, you’ll know soon enough! Plus, we’ll cover your favorite Pro Bowl quarterbacks and show you what they are doing now.
Joey Harrington Got Into The Non-Profit Business
After an uneventful six-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions, Dolphins, Falcons, and Saints, Joey Harrington turned his attention to helping struggling students. While working as an analyst for FOX Sports, Harrington founded the Harrington Family Foundation with the goal of alleviating college costs in Oregon.
Why Oregon? It’s where Harrington played college football, going 25-3 in his career and nearly winning the Heisman Trophy. The Lions were so impressed they drafted him second overall in 2002. When his college skills didn’t translate to the NFL they traded him for a fifth-round draft pick from the Dolphins.
Byron Leftwich Stayed In The NFL As A Quarterback Coach
If you watched the Arizona Cardinals in 2017, then you know exactly what happened to Byron Leftwich after taking his cleats off. Starting out as a quarterback coach intern in 2016, Leftwich was given the full-time coaching gig in 2017. He has his work cut out for him now with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen under center in the desert in 2018.Photo Credit: Joe Sargent/Getty Images
During his playing days, Leftwich was frustratingly inconsistent and injury prone. He’d look elite one week, then like a draft bust the next. After four years in Jacksonville, the team released him in favor of another quarterback on this list: David Garrard.
Jeff George Reappears On TV As A Guest Analyst Sometimes
Since retiring from the NFL, Jeff George has stayed fairly quiet. Every now and then he’ll make an appearance on television, but for the most part, he lets the spotlight fall on Jeff George Jr. The young George currently plays quarterback at the University of Michigan and sports a mullet similar to his fathers.Photo Credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images
While playing for Indianapolis, fans were split on how they felt about Jeff George. He had incredible arm talent, which they loved. He also had a terrible attitude, which they hated. Everyone always agreed how glorious his mullet was, though!
Brady Quinn Runs A Non-Profit While Working Full Time As An Analyst
This one shouldn’t be surprising. If you watch FOX Sports on Saturdays or Sundays then you know Brady Quinn works as a full-time College Football and NFL analyst for the network. He also runs the 3rd and Goal Foundation, an operation dedicated to helping veterans find housing.Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
Drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2007, Quinn ended his career with 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. It would have been fair to call him on a bust after setting 36 Fighting Irish records for Notre Dame. Now with a successful post-NFL career, it’s impossible to call him a bust. David Garrard is coming up soon!
David Garrard Owns Several Retro Fitness Gyms
David Garrard has become a very successful gym owner in recent years. Leaving the NFL and investing in several Retro Fitness locations has paid dividends for the former Jaguars quarterback. He also works tirelessly to bring awareness to Crohn’s disease, an affliction he has battled his whole life.Photo Credit: Rick Stewart/Getty Images
Garrard, if you remember, took over as the starter in Jacksonville after Byron Leftwich was released. He was an instant success and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2009. Unfortunately, his body couldn’t handle the rigors of the NFL and he was officially given his release papers with the drafting of Blaine Gabbert in 2011.
Jason Campbell Is An Avid Golfer
Jason Campbell may have taken the idea of retirement too seriously. He replaced his helmet and pads with a golf cart and clubs in 2013. Living in Atlanta, Campbell has found a cozy life since taking a beating for the Redskins. He hasn’t fully left football behind, though, and coaches the quarterbacks for a local high school.Photo Credit: Donald Miralle/Getty Images
Washington drafted Jason Campbell with the 25th overall pick in 2005. Like those before him, he showed flashes of brilliance before flaming out. The Redskins traded him to Oakland in 2010 where injuries derailed a promising fresh start. Coming up, Kyle Orton may have been a ghost because no one can find him!
Kyle Orton Literally Disappeared
When Kyle Orton retired from the NFL he literally disappeared. He packed his bags and told teammates he had a meeting to attend. He never came back. Since then, a clean-shaven family man who kind of looks like Orton has shown up on social media looking happy with how things turned out.Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Orton played in the NFL for ten years and served as the starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs, and Buffalo Bills. He finished his career with 18,037 yards, 101 touchdowns, and 69 interceptions.
Jake Locker Is Finally Happy As A Family Man
Jake Locker lives the simple life these days. Settling down with his wife and kids on a farm in Washington, the former Titans’ starter is happier than ever tending to his crops. He also enjoys hunting his dinner instead of running away from fans hunting him down for an autograph.Photo Credit: Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
Of all the quarterbacks on this list, Jake Locker might have had the most potential. Drafted eighth overall by Tennessee in 2011, Locker was electric on the field. The problem was he couldn’t stay there. Over four seasons, he started a total of 23 out of 64 games because of injury problems.
Josh Freeman Turned Down The CFL
We’re not sure if Josh Freeman ever officially retired from the NFL, but we know the end of his career was so bad no team will take a chance on him today. Oddly enough, when it looked like his playing days were over, Freeman was offered a two-year contract to play in Canada.Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
He declined the offer, and no one has heard from him since. The starting job in Tampa Bay belongs to Jameis Winston now, and it won’t take him long to pass Freeman as the franchise leader in touchdowns. Still ahead, we reveal the fate of Daunte Culpepper!
Daunte Culpepper Got Into The Restaurant Business
Few quarterbacks on this list fought as hard to stay in the NFL as Daunte Culpepper did. When no one would sign him, he attempted a comeback with the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the UFL. When the comeback failed he switched careers completely and entered the restaurant industry.Photo Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty Images
So far, Culpepper’s story doesn’t have a happy ending. His restaurant in Florida was forced to close down recently. He also was forced to sell one of his mansions in the process. Culpepper has fallen far since leading the NFL in passing touchdowns in 2000.
Tim Couch Became An Armchair Analyst For The SEC
Tim Couch’s career has come a long way since was taken first overall by the upstart Cleveland Browns in 1999. He fizzled out in the NFL after four years, unable to carry the weight of Cleveland on his shoulders. Since then he has found a comfortable niche as an analyst for the SEC.Photo Credit: Phil Long/Getty Images
If you’re interested in hearing what Couch has to say, make sure to tune in to FOX Sports South’s show SEC Gridiron Live every week. If you need even more Tim Couch in your life, he also joined the Browns color commentary team in 2018.
Marc Bulger Became A Farmer
Marc Bulger looks nothing like the St. Louis Rams starting quarterback he used to be. These days he’s making an honest living as a farmer in Southeast Missouri. He also started the Marc Bulger Foundation, a non-profit he uses to give money to organizations that help veterans and children.Photo Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
Before living the simple life, Bulger was a pro-bowl quarterback who stole the starting job in St. Louis from Kurt Warner. He might be the only quarterback on this list who forced a future Hall of Famer out of town; Warner, remember, ended his career as the starter in Arizona. Next, we bet you’ll never guess what industry Rex Grossman is in now!