My Career Change: Don Davey’s Career Change 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 Defensive Tackle, Don Davey. Most know Davey from his days with the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars, but Davey has made quite the name for himself in a number of other endeavors since he left the NFL.

What sport did you play?

NFL Football

What teams did you play for? Don Davey Career Change

Wisconsin Badgers
Green Bay Packers – 1991-1994
Jacksonville Jaguars – 1995-1998

What industry did you change careers to?

Entrepreneurship, Finance, Restaurant, Franchising and Real Estate

How did you get into your new career?

I spent my NFL offseasons applying my engineering background to finance. Since then, I have simply taken advantage of attractive opportunities as they have presented themselves.

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

Filling the huge void I felt without football in my life.

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

Being named one of Jacksonville’s Top Wealth Managers three years in a row and being named the International Franchise Association’s Franchisee of the Year.

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

Success happens when preparedness meets opportunity.

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

DEM provides comprehensive wealth management for affluent families with over $1MM in investable assets. Visit for more information. You can also view Davey’s VIKTRE profile and follow his latest posts here

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