Life out of the limelight

Youngblood not only gave his future some thought during his 14-year career, he worked toward it. During the off-season, he worked at Bank of America to prepare himself for a post-playing career in upper management.

"We had to work (in the off-season) back in my time," he said. "You made time to do both. You had an off-season job, and you trained because your main job was to be an athlete."

Youngblood's days at Bank of America paid off. After retiring in 1985, he joined the Rams' front office before taking a management position in the World League of American Football (now known as NFL Europe). He also owned and operated the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League for several years.

"It was a great experience," Youngblood said of his days as a team owner. "Football organizations are football organizations, whether they're in the arena league or in the NFL. The difference is the economics, and you have to learn the economics of the game. To see players have the opportunity to play and continue to play a game that they love was the reason I was in it."

Sherwin also worked a variety of jobs during his eight-year playing career, including selling life insurance and working in a sheriff's department.

"I wasn't making tons of money (as a football player)," said Sherwin. "As a kid, I was making $40,000 in 1981 " that was a lot of money. But these guys are millionaires when they come and sign their contracts. So, I knew I had to work for the rest of my life. My dream wasn't being financially independent when I got out of the NFL. Now, that dream can be fulfilled if that's your dream. My dream was just to play pro football and work like any other person the rest of my life."

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