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.
January 22, 2012

Tommy Vardell, Northgate Capital: By virtue of his role as a fullback for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers, Tommy Vardell didn't win much acclaim during his eight-year career in the NFL. Most of his time in the league was spent doing dirty work, like clearing holes for running backs to race through or protecting the quarterback's blind side.

But during his days at Stanford University, Vardell's abilities in the classroom and on the gridiron earned him an Academic All-American of the Year Award, an honor given to the nation’s top scholar-athletes. Today he works alongside Brent Jones as a managing director at Northgate Capital, which he also cofounded.

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