When NFL players leave the league, many of them have made quite a bit of money. If a player had a long career, he will be about 35 years old or so when he hangs up his cleats. That is a young age in almost every walk of life except for athletics. That means that some successful players will leave the game with an abundance of 2 very important resources: time and money. Because of this, many ex-NFL players (and current players) get heavily involved in business and investing. Outside of advertising campaigns, most of the business deals are happening behind the scenes so the public is not aware of all that is going on. But there are some businesses which are more visible than others, and in some cases they sell products which we can enjoy at our own kitchen tables.
Several past Denver Broncos players have put their names on food products over the years. Here are a few of them:
- Mark Schlereth and David Bloom joined forces in 2007 and started selling “Mark Schlereth’s Stinkin Good Green Chile”. The green chile recipe came from David, who brought some over to Mark while he was laid up after one of his knee surgeries during his time with the Broncos. Mark loved it and inspired David to start selling it. After getting the operation up and running, David asked Mark to get involved with the business and the rest is history. The name for the green chile comes from Mark’s old nickname, “Stink”.
- Ed McCaffrey used to have his name on a breakfast cereal called Ed’s Endzone O’s, and he still has a line of mustards. You can purchase a 3-pack of “McCaffrey’s Rocky Mountain Mustards and Horseradish Sauce” here.
- Bill Romanowski owns a nutrition and supplement company named Nutrition53. They offer weight-loss, vitamin, and energy supplements as well as a sleeping aid.
- Rod Smith owns Rod Smith International which sells “Healthy Coffee” amongst its eclectic mix of business ventures. Healthy Coffee is infused with Ganoderma which is a mushroom that is used extensively in traditional Chinese medicines. Check out Healthy Coffee, as well as RSI’s other offerings here.
- And last but not least, Terrell Davis sells “Mile High Salute Barbecue Sauce” here. He offers regular and spicy flavors, and a portion of every sale goes towards the Terrell Davis Salute the Kids Foundation. (Everyone else on this list also donates a portion of their proceeds to charity or are involved with charities in some fashion)