My Career Change: Mike Pagel’s Career After the NFL

When a professional athlete’s playing days are over, many do not realize that athlete’s career in another field is often just beginning. As part of VIKTRE’s dedication to drive interaction between athletes and their fans, our Career team made it a priority to show how successful many athletes have been since their playing days ended in a feature called “My Career Change.”

In this installment of “My Career Change,” we interviewed former NFL Quarterback, Mike Pagel. Most know Pagel from his collegiate days at Arizona State where he played both baseball and football, and in the NFL with the Colts, Browns and Rams.

What sport did you play?

Football

What teams did you play for?Mike Pagel Professional

Arizona State University (played both football and baseball) 1978-1982
Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts 1982-1985
Cleveland Browns 1986-1990
Los Angeles Rams 1991-1993

What industry did you change careers to?

Telecommunications

How did you get into your new career?

I was referred by a friend.

What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?

Figuring out how to search for a job and determining what I wanted to do beyond playing football.

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your new career?

Spending 20-plus years with my company in multiple roles. For most years, I have received a rating of “Exceeds Expectations.”

What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?

Do not be afraid to ask for help.

How can other athletes learn more about your business or your career change?

I work for AT&T. Learn more about AT&T’s careers here.

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