You remember the movie. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson arrive on the Google campus as the most mature interns in the movie impeccably titled "The Internship."
49ers quarterback Nick Mullens found himself in a similar scenario and described what it was like to have that title for the day in a first-person blog.
The signal-caller began his essay by discussing how sports has been all he's known throughout his childhood. So when he received a text from his player engagement director to visit Google, he, and other members of the team "signed up right away."
"Our player engagement program gives us all the resources we might need for life outside of football," Mullens wrote in Google blog. "They take rookies through a series of classes and talk about just the adjustment into the NFL. There are so many new things that you have to learn: dealing with money, dealing with family, dealing with fame, dealing with stress. Recently we realized, hey, we’re in the Bay Area around all these big companies, so why not learn something great -- from Google?"
The San Francisco @49ers🏈 may best be known as football players, but recently the team took on a new title for the day: #GoogleInterns— Google Students (@googlestudents) May 22, 2019
Quarterback, @NickMullens, wrote about the day at @Google and how to apply your skills from one career to the next ➡️ https://t.co/u06pPxcP9s pic.twitter.com/LxPlbBxamr
Google greeted the team with a welcome sign and "this cool light-up floor," followed by a YouTube presentation that demonstrated how the entire generation is changing and how social media impacts fans and people around the world.
"I mean, shoot, I view myself as a regular dude, but I learned there are people out there who would love to see what I and other professional athletes do on a daily basis."
Despite everything that happened during his "internship," the 24-year-old did have the highlight of the day -- and it, of course, had to do with football.
"But my favorite part of the day was hearing from Chase Williams, a former football player, and Googler," Mullens noted. "It was really cool to see an athlete make their way into the tech industry and to be successful after football."
It made Mullens think: What happens after football?
"The biggest struggle when leaving the NFL is that you’ve surrounded yourself with this game your entire life, doing the exact same thing over and over. When it’s over, what are you going to enjoy working on? What will you love more than the sport? What else will we be good at? During Chase’s presentation one of my teammates asked the question, 'I’ve been playing in the NFL for so long, what skills do I have for the workforce? I’ve just been playing football!'”
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The talk made Mullens realize he, and other players, have been developing these lessons after football all along.
But the question remains -- is Nick Mullens "Googley" enough?