I enjoy writing stories about retired CFL players who planned for their lives after football.
First, it’s usually an opportunity to catch up with a player I got to know over the years. More often than not, those players were among the more articulate guys during their playing days. We all know how much the media appreciates players who are good quotes.
Looking back, Luc Mullinder was one of those guys. The defensive end retired earlier this year and he’s already established in the financial business in Regina. Mullinder started preparing for life after football while playing football.
Today I caught up with Corey Grant, who spent six of his 11 CFL seasons with the Riders, at the CFL Combine. I always enjoyed talking and interviewing Grant. He was smart, funny and provided insights into his life. Grant wasn’t a superstar, but he was able to win two Grey Cups in his career. That’s pretty darned successful in my book.
Grant was recently hired as the Tiger-Cats running backs coach and offensive quality coach. I remember Grant mentioning he was interested in coaching, so it was good to see Hamilton giving him an opportunity. Grant talked a great deal about the preparations that he made for his coaching career while playing football. He got his teaching degree and teaching certificate because he felt teaching is a lot like coaching. It takes an ability to communicate and what better way to develop that skill than learning how to teach. Good for Grant on having that kind of foresight.
Grant isn’t alone. Jason Clermont and Scott Schultz are two veterans who prepared for their second lives while playing football. Even now, current players like Mike McCullough, Chris Getzlaf and Brent Hawkins are working to establish themselves in their chosen professions after football is over. That foresight will pay off in the end for them.
You can read more Grant’s thoughts in Saturday’s paper or online later this evening.