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.
Kordell Stewart didn’t earn the nickname “Slash” because he could play guitar for a legendary rock band. Rather, it was because Stewart became the most versatile offensive threat the NFL had ever seen in the 1990’s, playing at least four different positions — quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and kick returner — for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2001, as the starting quarterback, Stewart led the Steelers to a 13–3 regular-season record, en route to an AFC Championship game appearance (which they lost to the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots).
Since retiring, Stewart has tried his hand at working in the media, making appearances on ESPN’s College Football Live, NFL Live, and Mike and Mike In the Morning. He also had a stint as a co-host on an Atlanta radio sports talk show.