The playing careers of NFL alumni vary from 20 years in length to just a season or two for many of our members.
However, one of the similarities that thousands of our alumni share is long, accomplished post-NFL employment.
Randy Kinder, who takes over this week as President of the multi-billion-dollar AFL-CIO Investment Trust Corporation, is another example of a young NFL vet who parlayed his football experience and contacts into a new occupation.
Kinder, 44, was an undrafted rookie running back out of Notre Dame in 1997 when the Packers signed him to be a converted defensive back. He played mostly special teams for Green Bay before he was waived midway through his rookie season. Kinder played the rest of that year with the Eagles but then wisely decided to pursue a position off the field.
“After the Eagles, my wife and I eventually settled in Washington, D.C.,” Kinder says. “I began working for the AFL-CIO Trust in a marketing and client relations role for a series of funds that invested union pension dollars into commercial real estate and into the stock market. We use union pension dollars to create jobs and a secure retirement for our workers.”
Kinder worked 17 years and continued to be promoted in the AFL-CIO Investment Trust before being announced as President earlier this month.
We at NFL Alumni salute our colleague Randy Kinder and wish him much success with his new responsibilities.
(For more on the newest President in Washington, click here.)