The banking crisis has been front and center in the financial world these last two weeks, especially on the West Coast where the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank sent shockwaves all the way to Wall Street.

NFL alum Mark Boyer has been closely monitoring all the financial news these days along with many other alumni. He has been the CEO of his own full service wealth management firm on the West Coast since 2002 when he started Boyer Financial Services.

The Huntington Beach (CA) native played his college ball up the freeway at USC before being drafted as a tight end by the Colts in 1985. He spent five seasons in Indianapolis primarily blocking for Eric Dickerson. He signed as a free agent with the Jets in 1990. Boyer retired as a Jet in 1994 with a back injury…and 170 career receptions.

Boyer was a finance major at USC. He began putting that degree into action after retirement by working at a local California financial advisory firm where his NFL money was being managed. After eight years, he founded his own company in Newport Beach (CA).

“I knew I wanted to help people and I liked the freedom of the job,” says the 60-year-old Boyer. ”Finances can place a stress on folks and their marriages, so I find myself really enjoying just helping them get organized and have a plan.”

There was a time during his playing days that Boyer considered trading his helmet for a coach’s whistle.

“I think if coaching wouldn’t have been so much time away from family,” says the father of five, “I might have gone into that field because, again, I enjoy helping people meet their full potential. I feel like I can do that in the financial world by helping them to get where they want to go.”

Boyer and his wife Janna have been married 40-plus years and now have 15 grandchildren. Janna, who was a business major at Long Beach State, also is a key member of the firm’s staff where she serves as Operations Manager and oversees business, compliance, and accounting operations.

We at NFL Alumni appreciate the role that Mark Boyer plays in reinforcing the perception of retired NFL players as community role models. We wish him and his entire family continued success, especially during these difficult financial times.