Zebra works with the NFL in so many cool ways, and we spend a lot of time in stadiums and on fields – in players’ worlds. So, we’re always excited when we get to welcome NFL players into our world. For three weeks in March, two NFL pros came to work at Zebra, spending their days with different teams and learning about all the exciting things we’re doing with technology right now.
Quarterback Chris Streveler and safety Dwayne Johnson, Jr. did not know what they were getting themselves into. But they’re glad they were selected to be Zebra’s 2022 NFL externs, as you’ll hear in our latest episode of Chalk Talk. Will they follow in the steps of my co-host Hale Hentges, who joined Zebra full time after externing with us in 2021? Or do they have other plans for their lives (beyond football/when they retire)? Listen now to find out that along with why…
- Hale retired from the NFL right after his externship with Zebra (and why he chose to join Zebra Nation when he made the decision to reboot his career, even though he never thought he would work in tech).
- it’s important for NFL players to consider “what’s next” even if they have plans to stay in the league for decades.
- it’s okay if you don’t “pick a path and stick with it.”
- Chris’ experience as a quarterback made a technology externship so appealing (even though he knew nothing about tech when he applied for the program).
- Dwayne decided to extern at Zebra (after completing a NASA bootcamp, no less).
- Dwayne and Chris have big dreams about getting into real estate one day.
- Chris’s “grey cup/fur coat” moment in Canada went so viral.
- Dwayne is working hard to find his identity off the field.
- the “business of football” really is a numbers game.
- Hale tells all athletes to “invest in yourself.”
- athletes shouldn’t put all their eggs in one basket