By Carlo Versano
Chase Minnifield, who had a brief career in the NFL as a defensive back for the Washington Redskins, has succeeded in doing what few pro athletes have done before. He's made the transition into tech entrepreneurship as CEO of two property-tech companies based in Kentucky and is now a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree.
But as he told Cheddar in an interview Wednesday, he wants to make the transition from the pros to the business world easier for the countless other athletes who have a hard time knowing what to do with their lives once their sports careers have come to an end.
"I didn't expect it to be that tough," Minnifield said of his transition from the NFL. Athletes tend to find themselves adrift or unmoored ー even depressed ー without their commitment to their sport to ground them, he said. After he was cut from the Redskins, "I had to re-find my purpose," he said.
Minnifield now runs Helping Hands and EZ Turn, both services that help turn over dormitories and student housing in the downtime between semesters ー an admittedly niche business that he said is wildly under served.
At Helping Hands, Minnifield offers franchising opportunities to other minority entrepreneurs, including former athletes. That makes for a "softer landing" for former pro ball players like himself who are searching with what to do with their lives in retirement.
He also wants athletes to appreciate that they have the so-called soft skills that they may not realize are hugely valuable in the business world, such as tough character, punctuality, and work ethic that they've built up on the field. Those traits and are transferable and can be "repurposed" for the real world.
"We need to take control of who we are," he said. "Take the skills we learned in the NFL and apply them to different areas."
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