NFL Alum Omar Easy Takes Tough New Educational Post
Former Chiefs fullback Omar Easy last Sunday watched—and suffered—while his old team was soundly defeated by the new Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Easy played three seasons (2002-04) in Kansas City (and one final year with the Raiders) before knee injuries forced him to retire. He had been the Chiefs’ fourth-round draft pick in 2002 after being named the MVP of the Blue-Gray all-star game in his senior year at Penn State.
However, like many of you, Easy transitioned into a second successful career. The 43-year old moves into a new phase of that career this summer after recently being named Superintendent of Wayland (Mass.) Public Schools.
“It’s always been a goal of mine,” says Easy. “I’ve always envisioned myself being in charge of the district and being a collaborative leader. To be an educator, it’s really a calling.’
Easy has solid credentials for his future position. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and a Master’s degree in Education from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Easy was born in the island country of Jamaica but attended Everett High School in Massachusetts. He most recently served as the executive director of the academies of Everett High and also was the Director of Organizational Assessment in that city.
“I’m fortunate to be sitting with this wealth of knowledge,” Easy says, “and it’s just a waste to not really be someone who can implement things and pioneer changes. I want to make sure our teachers, administrators, and students will be safe this fall and are comfortable being in the building. I have to be mindful of what they’re missing right now. I’m hoping by the fall when school starts that our entire teacher staff and administrators will be vaccinated.”
Easy has a big job ahead but he is not the first NFL alum to dedicate himself to education as a second career.
We at NFL Alumni wish him—and all of you alumni members who now are teachers, school administrators, and coaches—continued success and good health during these challenging pandemic days.