As a key part of the Baltimore Ravens menacing backfield, in his ninth season Brendon Ayanbadejo had 31 tackles in 2011. He’s also made headlines recently for tackling the issue of same-sex marriage, writing op-eds voicing his support for it. Though his career is still going custom jerseys, Ayanbadejo has enrolled in the STAR program to add an MBA to his résumé, so that when he retires he will have a better chance of securing a job as an athletic director. No doubt he knows that at the ripe age of 35, his days playing a young man’s game like football are numbered.
Stanback has not had an illustrious career in the National Football League. After being drafted in 2007 by the Cowboys, he was only active for two games in two seasons before being let go. He bounced around the league before landing with the Giants as a member of the practice squad in 2011. Five years ago he was a student at Washington, and now he’s back in the classroom at George Washington alongside other footballers. “I don’t love school, by nature,” he says. “I guess you could say a lot of athletes kind of do it because we have to.” Reed broke barriers by becoming the first African-American golfer in the Big 12 while a student at Texas A&M. customized soccer jersey went pro in 2005, traveling the world swinging irons but failing to secure a European or PGA Tour invitation thus far, coming close several times. He also speaks at public schools, telling kids about the importance of education.
In February, 2012, Reed will be in D.C. continuing his own education at STAR. At A&M he had been a communications major; apparently this time around he’s getting a degree he’ll actually be able to use. Although half the class consists of football players, two former Olympians will also be earning their Master in Business Administration through STAR. Katura Horton-Perincheif represented Bermuda in the Summer Olympics in Athens in 2004 as the first female customized Cincinnati Bengals jerseys from the country. Since retiring from the sport she has been working as a project manager at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Australia. She said in a recent interview that public health is her passion and that she intends to use what she has learned and experienced to help others.