Daring to Branch Out: The Craziest Post-Career Jobs for Athletes

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Daring to Branch Out: The Craziest Post-Career Jobs for Athletes
Former NBA star Adrian Dantley keeping streets safe for the kids.

Most professional athletes have relatively short playing careers, and very few retire with enough money to maintain their standard of living indefinitely. This often leads them into some crazy second acts, because the Bentley payments don’t stop when the game clock does.  

We expect to see athletes transition into sports media after their playing days are over, often landing jobs as studio analysts or talk-show hosts. Even the reality TV circuit has become par for the course for some of the biggest names in sports. 

But not every athlete is lucky enough to secure a job that is such a natural fit or allows them to maintain a high public profile. Some head into professions that we never would have imagined in our wildest dreams.

Here are the 10 craziest jobs that athletes have taken once their playing careers ended. It just goes to show that like most of us, they will do almost anything to keep the lights on.

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