For star athletes, the transition from college to work life comes with special challenges

By Brooke Rayford

Many athletes who find success in college sports hope their talent leads them to a professional career.  But the statistics show that only a small percentage make it that far. And settling into the reality of life after sports can take some adjustment.

As a key player on the 2010 BCS Champion team at Auburn University, Nosa Eguae thought he had a good shot at his dream of playing in the NFL. But when that didn’t work out, the 2013 graduate traded in his cleats for a suit.

Former college football player Nosa Eguae had more than a change in uniform when he transitioned from the playing field to the work world. (Brooke Rayford/MEDILL)