BY PETER HAILEY
After a standout 14 year NFL career that included a decade of tremendous production in the Burgundy and Gold, Santana Moss is going back to school.
Moss said he still thinks he can play in the league back in May, but as of now, he remains a free agent. So instead of spending June and July studying playbooks like he has every summer since he was drafted out of the University of Miami in 2001, the 36-year-old is back at his alma mater studying business.
Moss is not the only Sunday star taking part in Miami's new specialized business program for athletes and artists, however; according to an article about the class, 40 of the 43 people participating in it are current or former NFL players -- almost enough to fill out an entire roster.
Former Raven and new 49er Torrey Smith and longtime linebacker Takeo Spikes are also in the school's new program, which "teaches accomplished individuals with strong personal brands how to leverage their current career achievements into business success," its website says.
The third leading pass catcher in Redskins history is using the class to build on his understanding of the business world, which will help him better run his security system, called Do Not Enter.
“If you’re not business-savvy, you can find yourself in a lot of ditches, not knowing what you’re doing," he said to Bloomberg.com. It appears that he's already picked up some valuable information, too, judging by this photo from his Instagram, which Moss said was the closing of a major contract with security company ADT:
A photo posted by Santana Moss (@eighttodanine) on Apr 8, 2015 at 4:28pm PDT
It's probably difficult for a guy who has played in 197 NFL games to all of the sudden be told his services are no longer needed, but it's a part of every player's career, and Moss is no exception. The troubles of post-NFL life are well documented, and he gets that preparing for the rest of his future is crucial.
“Right now I am a free agent; I want to get one more year in. If not, I’ll move on, but one day there is going to be a time when you are done with the NFL, and it’s like, 'What else?'” he said.
In taking the class, Moss is already showing he's dedicated to being successful down the road. And if he can produce at the same rate he did while with the Redskins, he'll be in good shape.
For the companies that interact with #89 in the future, though, we have one warning: If a great deal gets closed, watch out for chest pounds, finger points, and ball spins; that's how Moss celebrated on the gridiron, and it'll probably take a while for him to get used to more conventional workplace celebrations like handshakes and thank you's.
Feature photo courtesy of Chip Litherland/Bloomberg Business