In sports, they say that with regard to career longevity, NFL stands for “not for long.”
The average football player makes all his on-field money in three years or less, and burns through it just as quickly after retirement. So despite putting up the best numbers of his career (nine sacks, 33 tackles) in 2016, Tennessee Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan didn’t wait for retirement to kick-start his second career as a tech investor.
“I hear from a lot of guys when you stop playing football it’s almost like a death. So I started investing in myself,” he said.
After enrolling in the University of Miami’s executive MBA program, he partnered with veteran angel investor Rodney Sampson to start Opportunity Ecosystem, his first foray into venture capital. The organization’s mission is to create a network of angel investors, pro athletes, African American owned banks and regional business associations to invest in and grow minority-owned, early stage tech companies.