My Career Change: Nick Lowery’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 Kicker, Nick Lowery. Most know Lowery (Nick the Kick) from his days with the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, but Lowery has made quite the name for himself in a number of other endeavors since he left the NFL.
What sport did you play?
What teams did you play for?
New England Patriots – 1978
Kansas City Chiefs – 1980-1994
New York Jets – 1994-1997
What industry did you change careers to?
White House Office of National Service, ESPN, Sirius Satellite, Nick Lowery Youth Foundation
How did you get into your new career?
Legislative Aide for Senator Chafee of RI and Senator Packwood of Oregon with Senate Commerce Committee, then Senator Eagleton of Mo., then with Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Transportation, and then Reagan White House Office of Drug Abuse Policy.
TV – Last Call – national show on CBS (1994)
Court TV Tonight Show with Johnny Cochran
Menningers 5th Quarter (Board Director) Leadership Center
Harvard University Kennedy School MPA and Fellowship
What was the biggest challenge you faced making your career change?
Working through the ego hit when one is no longer IT in the city. Learning to humble oneself to learn and focus on new passions to replace a 20-year career in the NFL (almost played in the 2000 Super Bowl).
What has been your biggest accomplishment(s) so far in your new career?
Harvard MPA, Headgames radio show (www.HeadgamesRadio.com) every day for 3 years on Sirius Satellite, running my non-profit (www.nicklowery.org) for native youth, the homeless, domestic violence, concussions, military vets, against bullying, and becoming a recognized public speaker. (www.Loweryspeaks.com)
What advice do you have for athletes making their career change?
Be patient – stay focused, work harder than you have ever worked, and allow 10 years of focused work to bear really wonderful new fruit. Get over your ego’s need for constant recognition, and focus on developing your empathy for others, which will lead to a purpose-driven, fulfilling life full of NEW passion and a real sense of contribution for all the right reasons!
“It’s not the brightness of the spotlight on you, but the intensity of the Light within that is the ultimate measure of a human being.” (Nick L, 1993)
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