NFL players tend to pursue football-related jobs once their playing careers are over. Some go on to join the coaching ranks and other become media analysts. Former Jacksonville Jaguars safety Johnathan Cyprien, on the other hand, decided to take a different path and became a real estate agent.
On a day of non-stop news about the Jaguars and other NFL teams, Cyprien took to social media to share the news that he was recognized as a top 100 agent in 2023 by bestagents.us. He posted a picture of the achievement and wrote, “New Profession, Same Standard“.
All things considered, this isn’t surprising when you take into account how successful Cyprien was in the NFL. Born in Florida, he was a second-round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013 who also suited up for the Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the San Francisco 49ers. By the time he was done in 2020, Cyprien had appeared in 79 games with 71 starts and tallied two interceptions, five forced fumbles, 16 passes defensed, and 515 total tackles.
Keep in mind that making it into the NFL is no easy task. Playing more than three years is even harder and earning a multi-million contract like the one Cyprien got from the Titans is something other players would dream of.
The fact that Cyprien chose to share his success, which was the fruit of his hard work, makes the accomplishment even greater. Here’s the tweet where he shares the news.
Jacksonville Jaguars S Johnathan Cyprien shows there’s more to life than football
Players often struggle with depression after their playing careers are over. This isn’t surprising when you take into account the kind of physical and mental preparation they undergo all year round to be ready for game day. Then, having to suddenly find something else to do is no easy task.
Heck, maybe that’s the reason Tom Brady has reportedly thought about keep playing next season even though he’s close to turning 46. Injuries could make things even worse, which is why is good to hear that Cyprien is doing well.
This isn’t to say all has been sunshine and flowers for Cyprien. He must’ve dealt with his own challenges after his playing career was over. On top of that, nobody handed him anything. He had to work to make it into the NFL, play for as long as he did, and later be recognized in his new field.
We should always celebrate players’ success on the field we also need to talk about their achievements in their post-career days. This is why Cyprien deserves plenty of praise for his most recent recognition.