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From Fame to Fortune: 7 Former Pro Athletes Who Are Winning on Wall Street

With the rush of competing in a pressurized environment that’s reminiscent of their playing days and the lure of big paychecks, former star athletes, including Hall of Fame QB Steve Young, see finance as a natural second career.
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Reggie Wilkes, Bank of America Merrill Lynch: Former NFL linebacker Reggie Wilkes was a starter on the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles team that lost Super Bowl XV to the Oakland Raiders. He closed out his decade-long career in the NFL with a two-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons. During his playing career, Wilkes spent his off-seasons working at Merrill Lynch.

Today he presides over the Wilkes Group, a division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch that helps high-net-worth individuals and families manage their wealth. Wilkes, who is also a registered financial adviser with the NFL's Players Association, has helped more than 40 NFL and NBA players manage their money in preparation for life after sports.

 

As the Senior Editor of Advanced Trading, Justin Grant plays a key role in steering the magazine's coverage of the latest issues affecting the buy-side trading community. Since joining Advanced Trading in 2010, Grant's news analysis has touched on everything from the latest ... View Full Bio

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