One of the biggest fears that professional athletes face is that dread of “life after playing.” At one point, they’re bona fide celebrities and household names that are adored by the media and fans. But once their time in the limelight is over, that withdrawal of the attention and adulation can be rather hard for many former stars to deal with. More often than not, for all intents and purposes, they completely fade out of our lives.
That’s why we wanted to take a look at the most forgotten quarterbacks who were once among the very best that the NFL had to offer, but have long since been out of the spotlight. What are they up to these days? Let’s take a look.
The Jets thought they had a franchise quarterback when they drafted Chad Pennington with the 18th pick in the 2000 NFL draft. For a while it looked like he truly was going to be one of the ascending talents in the game. Despite several productive seasons, injuries and a lack of arm strength kept Pennington from fully achieving the level of success that would have put him in the league’s top tier at the position. Speaking of injuries — Pennington was the first player in NFL history to become a 2x winner of the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. At the time of his retirement in 2010, Pennington was the NFL’s all-time leader in career completion percentage at 66%.
Nowadays Pennington lives in Kentucky with his wife and three children, and has a completely different line of work. He is heavily involved in the business of bulls – breeding not riding. He opened his own stable five years ago and focuses on breeding this massive 1,500-pound animals. It’s one of the more unique post-NFL careers that can be observed right now.