When we watch National Football League (NFL) games, we marvel at the abilities and accomplishments of the game’s best players. And year after year, new players enter the league, earning star status among their peers and adoration from the fans.
But what happens to those older players whom we used to marvel over, especially after their careers come to an end? Some go into coaching, some go into broadcasting, but many go into relative anonymity.
To that latter point, let’s look into what some of those NFL players who were stars in the 1990’s and 2000’s are doing these days – especially the ones whom we haven’t heard from in a while.
In 2016, superstar wide receiver Calvin Johnson shockingly announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time despite his early retirement at age 30 in 2016, having been named to the All-Pro team five times and earning six Pro Bowl selections.
In February of 2019, Johnson and his wife, Brittney McNorton, were granted preliminary approval to open a medical cannabis dispensary. He has since proceeded with plans to launch several cannabis facilities across the state (along with his business partner Rob Sims) under the brand name Primative. In August of 2019, Johnson was named to the board of directors of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association.