Viable Option for Retiring NFL Players

The career of a National Football League (NFL) player is a short one in terms of longevity. A simple injury can destroy a career. The wear and tear of this physical contact sport can render a player in seriously poor helath when he reaches retirement age. There are those players who continue to play in the League and are making large salaries, but those that leave them game must decide to cut back on their lifestyle or find a profitable second career.

For those players who decide not to go into broadcasting or coaching, there is a very lucrative way to stay connected to a high annual salary; the buying and selling of real estate. NFL players who have saved some of their seven figure incomes can make the safest available investment by buying real estate. Many professional players remain in the communities where they played out their careers and have a background or base, in that area. They may have friendly relations with bankers, realtors, business professionals and fellow players who can help in finding and financing properties for the newly retired NFL player.

A retired NFL player can contact draft picks and freshman players from his team, offering those players homes with a lease option and develop a rapport with these players for future business. College players joining the professional ranks likely do not have a home in their new team’s city, and the retired player turned businessman has a huge advantage. Since football stadiums are located in metropolitan markets where business is an important aspect of the community these areas typically have exclusive communities that professional ball players are drawn towards. These usually private and gated communities keep the player distanced from the media and offer a sense of privacy that he would have trouble finding in public.

While many startup businesses can require extensive staff, licenses, permits, and legal instruments, the NFL player can begin his real estate career as a private person alone and purchase properties only as an investment tool.

Some notable former NFL players successful in real estate include:

Roger Staubach

ND Kalu

Than Merrill

Next chapter of Loyola Lacrosse starts with Van Arsdale

Legendary coach Don Zimmerman retired after 23 years at the helm of the UMBC program, which prompted their hiring of former Loyola coach Ryan Moran. Looking to build off the success of last season, Loyola searched for a leader to add to their management team with experience of winning. On July 7th they found, and hired, Marc Van Arsdale who has spent the last 15 years with the Virginia lacrosse program.

Van Arsdale served as the assistant coach for UVA for the last 10 of those seasons, along the way winning three NCAA Division 1 championships – 2003, 2006, and 2011. Marc has a proven record of success, first as a player at Hobart where he helped the team win four straight NCAA Division III titles. Then as he began his coaching career at Penn, helping establish and stabilize their program before heading to UVA.

Another strong plus for Loyola is Van Arsdale’s experience coaching star players, much like rising sophomore the Greyhound’s own Pat Spencer. While at UVA March helped develop three Tewaaraton Award winners, two attackers Matt Ward in 2006, Steele Stanwick in 2011 and one midfielder in 2003, Chris Rotelli. After hitting record levels for assists and points as a freshman, Pat Spencer could thrive under Marc’s guidance. Team alumni including Sean Hecker have paved the way for this season’s impressive roster.

Speaking at his press conference Marc stated that he was looking “forward with great anticipation to getting started on helping Loyola continue to strive for prominence in the Patriot League and on the national lacrosse landscape.” Loyola is looking to build on their strong success of the 2016 season which saw the team reach the NCAA Final Four, their first trip there in four years since winning the NCAA championship in 2012.

Marc’s accomplishments have seen him inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Virginia Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013. Loyola will be hoping Marc can bring Virginia’s history of consistent success to the program. While at UVA the team finished ranked in the top eight, eight of the nine past seasons, and reached the NCAA tournament quarterfinals every year from 2006-2012.

The Greyhounds return to campus in about a month’s time for the start of the 2016-2017 academic year.

6 Sports Tips for Improving Your Golf Swing

Golf can be a fun sport or a hobby, but it is also a common setting for business meetings or get-togethers. Before your next meeting on the 9d1bd2_5e519641455a4a5aa21179792ef9de70.png_srz_537_573_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_png_srzgreen, sharpen your golf swing by taking a look at these 6 sports tips. Start improving your golf swing and impress your boss or potential client. When it comes to the combination of sports and business, golf is almost always at the center.

1 – Keep Your Hands Low

When you follow through your shot, keep your hands low to limit the height of your swing. This will lower the height and trajectory of the ball, giving you more range. It is simple physics that the lower trajectory will create a further range while limiting drag and the effects of wind.

2 – Get Power From Your Body

The majority of your power comes from your body, not the strength of your arms. Focus on the motion of your spine and the rest of your body, for creating more power. Use your arms to guide the shot and your body to power it.

richard-swing3 – Improve Your Grip

Your grip has a major impact on your swing, make sure that you are holding your club correctly. The most common grip involves placing your pinkie finger on the trailing hand between the index and middle finger of the lead hand. If you have weak wrists or lack forearm strength, the interlocking grip will be more comfortable. For the interlocking grip, the hands are locked together.  

4 – Check Your Posture

golferIn addition to having a good grip, you should have a good stance. Check your posture to ensure you are properly aligned. First, align yourself to the pin. Imagine a line between the ball and the pin. You should be standing facing this imaginary line. Place your feet shoulder width apart, balancing your weight on the balls of your feet. Keep your knees relaxed and bend slightly at the hips, while keeping your back straight.

5 – Pay Attention to Your Swing

Every time that you swing the club, pay attention to the results. Remember how you were standing, the grip that you had on the club, and the position of your swing. Start making adjustments to your posture and swing based on the results that you get. All the golf advice in the world will not help you if you do not understand the mistakes that you are making.

6 – Understanding the Backswing and Downswing

When it comes to sports, the correct way to swing a golf club is probably one of the most debated topics. Despite the differences of opinions, the general idea is that you need to have a solid backswing and downswing.

imagesDuring the backswing, your shoulders should pivot towards your spine. Shift your weight to the back foot and bend your arms to a 90 degree angle. On the downswing, you are releasing your weight to the front foot, as you release your arms from their bend and swing through the ball. The downswing should be one solid motion. The important part of the backswing is getting your posture right. With the downswing, focus on the motion of your swing and the transfer of weight from your back foot to your front foot.

Many golfers believe that a good golf swing starts with the backswing. You need to have a solid setup, in order to have a great swing. Focus on perfecting your backswing, before dealing with your downswing. Continue following this tip, along with the rest of the suggestions, to begin improving your golf swing.