From the Field to the Fire: A Journey from the NFL to Real Estate

From the Field to the Fire: A Journey from the NFL to Real Estate

Tackling the world of real estate is the perfect touchdown for some former NFL players. Real estate involves some of the same principles as being an NFL player: the ability to strategize, researching what works best, dedication and scoring. Some former players have shown success in the transition from the field to the office. Most claim competition helped them succeed on and off the field. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach hit the world of real estate in 1977. Staubach actually began the venture into real estate while he was still throwing touchdowns. He did it on the side as a way to earn additional income for his growing family. Staubach first began with the Henry S. Miller Co. Eventually he branched out to start his own commercial real estate company, The Staubach Co. which has now gone global. Bret Lockett graduated from a school outside Los Angeles then attended four years at UCLA before landing a spot on the New England Patriots. His NFL career was short-lived after a series of injuries. He last played for the New York Jets before starting at the bottom of the ladder, an unknown place for Lockett. Lockett joined Douglas Elliman, the nation’s fourth largest real estate company. He now sells high end real estate in the Los Angeles and New York area. Than Merrill quickly went from the NFL to real estate after a one year stint with the Chicago Bears. He hit it big with landing on the popular television show “Flip this House”. On it, Merrill and his team of real estate investors Chris Port stepped off the field...

Loyola Men’s Lacrosse Welcomes New Offensive Coordinator

Loyola University Maryland head men’s lacrosse coach Charles Toomey has announced the hiring of Marc Van Arsdale to succeed Ryan Moran as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Van Arsdale held the same position at the University of Virginia for the past 15 years, where he enjoyed considerable success and earned a reputation as an offensive mastermind. The departure of longtime Virginia head coach Dom Starsia, and the hiring of new head coach Lars Tiffany and offensive coordinator Sean Kirwan, opened the door for Van Arsdale to leave the Cavaliers despite there being a year left on his contract. It is not surprising that a coach of Van Arsdale’s caliber quickly found a new coaching opportunity, and considering the strong tradition of lacrosse at Loyola, the match appears to make perfect sense. Expectations will be high as Loyola is coming off a season in which they won the Patriot League with a 9-1 record and averaged nearly 11 goals per game. The team went on to reach the national semifinals where they were defeated by North Carolina. Van Arsdale should step in and guide a solid offensive unit to continued success. The team’s current roster is positioned for success in the coming season, following the past successes of alumni players including Sean Hecker. In a recent press release, Coach Toomey wrote, “Marc has been a part of championship teams, is a terrific recruiter and evaluator of talent, and he has coached some of the best offenses in the game. We are excited for him to hit the ground running here at Loyola and become a part of the Greyhound men’s lacrosse...

Peyton Manning addresses retirement, HGH allegations

From Yahoo Sports: Despite the chatter, Peyton Manning insists he has not made a decision about his future. The Denver Broncos’ quarterback was asked point blank at Super Bowl Opening Night if he plans to retire after Super Bowl 50, but he told NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk that he hasn’t decided and is focused on Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. “I don’t know the answer to that,” Manning said to Faulk’s question. “I think one thing I’ve done well all season and the team has done well all season is stay in the moment and focus on the task at hand.” Manning later told reporters he didn’t “see himself knowing” about retirement until after the season. See the video...

Hawks’ Al Horford expanding his game as free agency looms

From Yahoo Sports: The NBA’s star-studded free-agent class this summer could include LeBron James and Kevin Durant, yet Atlanta Hawksbig man Al Horford is confident he won’t get lost in the crowd. The nine-year veteran has had a solid career, averaging 14.3 points and nine rebounds per game. Yet he hasn’t stopped expanding his game. “The NBA game is changing a lot,” Horford, 29, told Yahoo Sports. “I know everyone always says that, but especially these past three seasons I feel like it changed even more. For me, I’m in the process of re-changing some aspects of my game to fit this new mold. It’s kind of forcing me to do some things that I haven’t done in the past. “As you probably have seen, I’m shooting more from 3-point range. I’m making sure I penetrate more to the basket. Little things you need to be able to do in the new NBA.” Horford is averaging 15.2 points, seven rebounds and three assists through 49 games this season and is taking a career-high three 3-pointers per game. He’s shooting a respectable 33.1 percent from long distance, hitting 48 of 145 attempts after making a career-high 11 3-pointers last year. Horford, a three-time All-Star, is making $12 million in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Atlanta can offer Horford a maximum five-year, $146 million contract, which Horford is seeking, a source told Yahoo Sports. Read the full story...

Foam Bans Don’t Make Sense

The recycling centers that move into these communities are going to help everyone, and like the foam ban in New York, the bans will no longer be necessary.

Surfing to Sustainability

A lab in San Deigo California is coming up with a way to keep our blue planet a little bluer by creating surfboards out of algae. Surfing is an activity that millions of people partake in every year without thinking that it might have a negative impact on the environment. One scientist, Steve Mayfield, is taking just that environmental impact into consideration. Steve Mayfield is part of an agency called Sustainable Surf, whose intends to use recycled polystyrene in a campaign called Waste to Waves. By taking recycled polystyrene foam and re-purposing it, cores for surfboards can be produced. These recycled polystyrene surfboards are making an impact on the environment in a more beneficial manner than the Hawaii foam ban that has been proposed. Each day, individuals throw away multiple sources of polystyrene without thinking about it: a plastic fork, a coffee cup from your favorite coffee chain, the packing materials used in shipping. Polystyrene is a material that we are used to in our every days lives, but we never think of how it might be re-purposed. More than that, however, is the fact that we don’t think about the impact that it might make to the environment by using the product in a recycled manner to keep landfills clear and the ocean clean from waste that is thrown into the blue waters. Steve Mayfield and Sustainable Surf have thought about this. With these recycled foam boards in tandem with the Algae boards that are being created by Sustainable Surf, there is an impact in the ocean and in the world. Hawaii foam boards and algae boards alike will...

An Investment Banker Has Become A Friendly Activist

Activism in the business community usually happens through takeovers, and there are many people in the business world who prefer to buy into companies that are going to give them a voice. Cliff Robbins is someone who has decided to take a different direction in his own activism as he makes deals with companies like RJR Nabisco to make change in the world. Robbins is an activist in the business community, but he is able to be an activist who is working with boards of directors to make changes to the companies from within. Activists who are working on the outside rarely have any impact because they are standing on the outside looking in. There are activists in the business community who just take over, but Robbins thinks it is going to be much easier to make a change while he is sitting in the boardroom. Creative activism works well in the accounting world because the people in these businesses are going to see returns that were not previously going to happen. The world of businesses and finance speaks to people who get results, and activists who are getting results are going to be easier to listen to than someone who is just taking over. The infamous character Gordon Gecko publicly destroyed his opponents in a board meeting in the movie Wall Street, and he continued to do so in the sequel. That kind of activism is giving way to someone who is willing to politely ask for change while showing what change can do. There are still many activists out there who write with poison pens, but people like...

Great College Lacrosse Programs

Loyola’s record-winning men’s and women’s lacrosse teams now compete in the Patriot League–previously the men were in the ECAC Lacrosse League and the women in the Big East Conference. Of the 17 varsity teams and 22 club teams at Loyola, the lacrosse teams are particularly noteworthy. With players like Sean Hecker leading the Greyhounds, both the men’s and women’s teams have enjoyed high rankings over the past several years. Additionally, both have appeared in numerous NCAA tournaments and the men’s lacrosse team won the NCAA Division I National Championship in 2012.

Skiing in the Beartooth Mountains

Skiing in the Beartooth Mountains

The camp was originally started in mid-1960 by Austrians and has expanded today to become one of the oldest training camps in the United States. Today the camp is owned by Kurt Hallok and Austin Hart and is co-owned by David Leuschen. May 23rd, 2015 is going to be the opening day this year for the Red Lodge International Summer Racing Camp! This summer’s calendar is booked through July with various races and competitions for the camp attendees to participate in.

Turnberry Isle Miami Features Spectacular Golf

Turnberry Isle Miami Features Spectacular Golf

When Turnberry Associates’ Jeffrey Soffer, of Miami, Florida, presented his plans for refreshing Turnberry Isle Miami, he thought outside the box. More precisely, Soffer also looked outside just the resort’s rooms, restaurants and meeting facilities to enhance Turnberry Isles’ two championship golf courses.

Winter Equestrian Festival

Winter Equestrian Festival

Tori Colvin of Loxahatchee and Ovation won the EnTrust Capital Small Junior Hunter 16-17 class. Paris Sellon won the 1.45-meter speed class with Jessica Springsteen following in a close second. Their times were a mere forty-seven milliseconds apart, but in close competition it is trivial to be the fastest out there. The biggest cash prize went to Hardin Towell and Lucifer V. They won the Ruby et Violette WEF Challenge Cup, which earned them a prize of $125,000. The pair beat out seventeen other jumpers with a clear round in 38.21 seconds.

Post-Game Work

Post-Game Work

Every wonder where some of these football players ended up after leaving the NFL? Here are some of the most interesting examples of what happens to players once they leave the gridiron behind.