Former Dolphins tight end Greg Baty, who was named Operating Partner by Montreux Equity Partners last spring, has a basic philosophy of life.
“Life is about taking advantage of an opportunity when it comes your way,” the 54-year old Baty says. “You don’t know when it will come but you need to be ready when it does.”
That thinking has led Baty, who was born in Michigan but raised in New Jersey, from one coast to another…and back again.
He was recruited in the early ‘80s by Stanford University out of Sparta (N.J.) High School where he had excelled in the classroom as well as in football and basketball. He set the Stanford one-season record for most catches by a tight end and was voted first team All-PAC 10. While an undergrad, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and spent a spring semester in Italy where he studied at Stanford’s Florence campus.
The Patriots drafted him on the 8th round in 1986 and he made the All-Rookie team as tight end and special teamer. However, he was waived the following season after the 1987 players strike ended.
Another opportunity came along for Baty when he signed with the Dolphins in 1988 and spent the remainder of his eight-year career on Don Shula’s club
He initially went into private business after football in the mid ‘90s but then decided to return to Stanford to get an MBA from the Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto.
Baty has been involved in private equity and venture capital firms in south Florida these last 20 years. His new position at the Montreux private investment firm will provide another opportunity to show what he can do. He appreciates how our great sport has helped propel him to the top.
“I feel very fortunate to have played as long as I did and come out healthy,” says Baty. “There were a lot of guys a whole lot bigger, stronger and better than I was but who may not have been ready when their opportunity arose.”
We at NFL Alumni wish Greg Baty only the best in this new opportunity and congratulate him for not giving up in the face of adversity early in his NFL career.