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.