Came across this story of Jason Wright. Instead of signing a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals, he opted to accept entry into the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. His reason? He wants to help inner-city kids:
After agent Mike McCartney informed the Cardinals that Wright was retiring, general manager Rod Graves insisted he would improve on the running back’s previous contract, which was for two years at $2 million. But in making the decision, the Northwestern graduate questioned himself.
“That was the thing that was on my mind, the biggest hiccup,” says Wright, who spent seven seasons in the NFL. “What’s the motive behind me playing longer? What is it in there that draws me? So people would know my name?
“For me, it was superficial. For me and my family, and our belief in God, it wasn’t a good enough motivation.”
The rest of the story is just as inspirational, about how he and his wife have taken in people who just needed someone to point them in the right direction. Props go out to this family, not as an indictment to others who may not have made the same decision, but for following what they feel is the best course for them. Also, a few brownie points to the Arizona Cardinals. Seems they have been good at picking some decent guys who happen to be able to play football. Wright follows Pat Tillman (RIP) who gave up millions in the NFL to join the Army after 9/11.