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


Eugene Profit, Profit Asset Management: Former NFL defensive back Eugene Profit didn't earn a big name for himself during his days playing for the Washington Redskins and New England Patriots. Knowing that he faced slim odds of a long football career, the Yale graduate says he kept tabs on what his former classmates were up to during his playing days.

When a torn hamstring ended his five-year football career in 1991, Profit got a job as a retail broker with asset manager Legg Mason. In 1996, armed with $100,000 in start-up capital, Profit launched his namesake firm, Profit Asset Management. Since then the firm has grown into a multibillion-dollar asset manager that boasts a wide range of institutional clients, including the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association.

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