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


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.

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