Greg Miletic: Life After Football - Filling that Void


Photo: Jean-Francois Nicollet Raise your hand if you’re going to the NFL. (Waiting.) Anyone? (Looking at my arm.) Crap, my hand isn’t r...

Photo: Jean-Francois Nicollet
Raise your hand if you’re going to the NFL. (Waiting.) Anyone? (Looking at my arm.) Crap, my hand isn’t raised either. Up until about the 8th or 9th grade, however, I envisioned myself having a stellar career in the National Football League.

Reality hit me pretty quickly, though, and I realized soon enough that “Greg Miletic, Starting Quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens and World-Renowned Model” wasn’t going to be part of my resume. While the second half of that job title still could be realized, a career in the NFL just isn’t that likely. 

I saw an article floating around recently that is based on NCAA and NFL data, and it lays out the statistics of the likelihood of advancing one’s career in football. To sum up the findings, roughly 6.5% of high school football players go on to play in college, and roughly 1.6% of those college players make it to the NFL. Doing some quick math in my head, that’s like 15 people in the world that “make it.”

So while most of us aren’t going to be playing on Sundays, there are some of us who have had the privilege of playing football in college and maybe in some professional capacity beyond those glorious four years in the NCAA. The feeling of complete devotion to the sport, along with the intensity and raw emotion that consumes you on game days and even in practices, are things that can never be replicated in other aspects of life. So when we are finally finished playing and have “retired” from true, competitive, full-contact football, how do we fill that void that is left behind?

Here is what I recently wrote for Touchdown Europe when they asked for an update on what I was doing with my life:

“After my 2012 season in Serbia, I hung up the cleats. Retired. 

When you're done playing football, there is a large hole in your life that needs to be filled, and I've tried various ways to fill that hole. I often race young children on the street, tackle co-workers in the office hallways, and block basketball shots from behind in games that I'm not even a part of. 

It's tough to replace competitive American football I guess...”

After submitting that blurb, I started thinking about other healthy ways that athletes can cope with retirement. I figured I needed to share my ideas with the world in order to help fellow athletes that are currently struggling with LAF: Life After Football. 

Idea #1: Sit down to watch a game with a couple of friends and a couple of beers, and compare yourself to the guys that are actually playing. 

“Dude…the thing is, in college I played against that guy’s cousin and totally LOCKED HIM DOWN! I’m tellin’ you, man, his cousin was much better than he is; the cousin just didn’t have the size. That was the main thing that held me back from being in the League, too.”

Idea #2: Join a pick-up football league -- preferably coed -- and take the games way too seriously. Make sure to remind everyone constantly that they don’t know what real intensity is.

“You guys don’t even know, man. Your effort right now would never fly where I played in college – guys would run laps for hours if they played like this. Just…don’t even worry about it. You’ll never really understand what I’m saying if you didn’t actually play at that level.”

Idea #3: Make a Facebook album comprised solely of pictures of you playing in college and anywhere you played after college, if applicable. Make sure to update it every month or so, so people will be reminded of your talents and hopefully praise your muscles, or at least ‘like’ the pics.

Possible caption to one of the photos: “Just me beastin on some scrub. He definitely wanted to forget that game lol.” 

Idea #4: Wear your college and/or pro team gear to the gym so that people will see that you played football at a high level, and hopefully start a conversation with you within earshot of a cute girl.

“What, this? Ah yeah, this was just my team’s gear that I played for over in Europe…Yeah, they have leagues over there and they asked me to play for them. No big deal. They paid me.”

Idea #5: This may be counter-intuitive, but never give up that dream. When your dentist or co-worker learns that you played safety in college and he half-jokingly says that you should play for his favorite team because their safeties are terrible, laugh along with him but secretly think to yourself, “He’s right. They DO need help in the secondary…”

Hopefully the above ideas will help any athlete that is looking at this article and nodding as he or she reads along. These coping mechanisms have certainly helped me and will continue to do so, even if that abysmal void is never completely filled.

I may have never made it as the starting quarterback for the Ravens, but I’m still lucky enough to be talking about Life After Football issues. On a side note, does anyone know any modeling agents looking for clients?

Make sure to check out Greg's hilarious blog posts on TDEU:
{"widgetType": "below grid","widgetLabel": "Pass-Sporting","widgetColor": "#da1010","widgetCount": 5}
{"widgetType": "carousel posts","widgetLabel": "SafeBet","widgetCount": 3}

30+,3,6 Point Athletics,1,Aaron Hernandez,1,Aberdeen Roughnecks,1,AFBO,1,AFDL,4,AFVD,1,AFWB,1,Aix en Provence Argonautes,2,Aki Jones,2,Allan Price,1,Allgau Comets,6,Alphen Eagles,1,American Grit,1,Amsterdam Admirals,1,Andrija Geric Blog,1,Angel Duchesses,3,Angels Torun,5,Antonio Roane,1,Aquile Ferrara,2,Arlanda Jets Women,1,Arnhem Falcons,7,AUC Titans,1,Austria,3,Avala,2,BAFA,2,BAFL,1,Behind the scenes,2,Belfast Trojans,6,Belgrade Blue Dragons,4,Belgrade Vukovi,9,Ben's Diary,1,Berlin Adler,13,Bialystok Lowlanders,2,Big6,2,Birmingham Lions,1,Blog,94,Blue Mountain State,1,BOA,3,Body and Mind,24,Body Sculpting Club,1,BookerASE,1,Bosnia,1,BoxVideos,15,Brazil,2,Brian Casey,5,Budapest Cowbells,2,Bulgaria,1,CAAF,1,Calanda Broncos,3,Camp Trieste,1,Carlstad Crusaders,1,Catania Elephants,2,CEFL,63,CEFL Bowl,2,CEFL Cup,7,CFL,1,Champions League,3,Christopher Griggs,1,Cineplexx Blue Devils,1,Clayton Banner,1,Club'ing EU Style,2,Coaches Corner,6,College Bowl,1,College Football,2,Columbus Givens,1,Comets Life,2,Coventry Jets,1,czechfootball,1,Czechia,1,D'Elancourt Templiers,2,Damnyans Corner,6,Daniel Kelly,8,Daniel Levy,3,Daniels Diary,2,Danube Dragons,1,Demetrius Sumler,1,Denmark,1,Deric's Diary,1,Diary,23,DJ Hernandez,2,Domestic Signings 2014,3,Domzale Tigers,3,Draft,3,Drills and Workouts,6,Dublin Rebels,2,Dundee Hurricanes,2,EAC,2,EAFL,1,East City Giants,2,Edinburgh Wolves,1,EFA,1,EFAF,2,EFLI,2,Egypt,1,Eidsvoll 1814s,1,Einhejrar,1,ELAF,2,ELF,1,Elite,33,Elite Top 10 Domestic 2013,5,Embo's Diary,3,Embo's iPod,1,Endzone TV,1,Enschede Broncos,4,Eurobowl,6,Europe's Elite,2,Evan Harrington,1,Ewa Susmarska,2,Exploring The Off Season,17,Featured,9,FFEC,1,FIDAF,11,Final Four,2,Finland,5,Football vs Football,1,France,2,Gabriel Chambers,2,Gdynia Seahawks,6,German Bowl,1,Germany,8,GFL,11,GFL2,2,Giessen Golden Dragons,1,Golden Bears,1,Graz Giants,1,Greg's Diary,4,Gridiron TV,6,Halifax Harbour Hawks,1,Hall of Fame,74,Hamburg Blue Devils,1,Hassleholm Hurricanes,1,Helsinki 69ers,2,Helsinki Wolverines,2,Helsinski Roosters,2,IAFL,1,IceBucketChallenge,2,Iceland,1,ifaf,10,IFAF Europe,6,In The Trenches,8,India,2,Indjija Indians,2,Instructional,7,International Prospects,3,Interviews,56,Ireland,18,Israel,1,Istanbul Koc Rams,5,Italy,6,itc,1,Ivan Nedeljkovic,1,Jabari Harris,1,Jagodina Black Hornets,3,JCL Graz Giants,4,Jeel Bowl,1,Jeff Scuran,1,Jimmie Russel,1,Johan Stal,1,John Trana,3,Jonesing,1,Joshua Henry,1,Juaquin Iglesias,1,Junior Tigers,1,Kangourous de Pessac,1,Kickers Diary,3,Kiel Baltic Hurricanes,1,Kikinda Mammoths,2,Kragujevac Wild Boars,17,Kraljevo Royal Crowns,5,Kristina Fruza,1,Kuwait,1,Kyle Callahan,1,Ladislav Jensik,1,Lazio Marines,2,Les Gones De Lyon,1,Leszno Hunters,1,LFA,1,Limerick Vikings,2,Ljubisa Preletacevic Beli,1,Ljubljana Silverhawks,7,London Blitz,1,Lubeck Cougars,2,Luka Vujnovic,1,Malaga Corsairs,1,Manchester Titans,1,Matic Pirnat,1,Mic Brown,2,Micd up,3,Micheal's Diary,1,Milos Nestorovic,1,Mind and Health,11,Modling Rangers,1,Moscow Bruins,1,Moscow Dragons,2,Moscow Patriots,2,Moscow Spartans,1,Munich Cowboys,1,National Teams,2,Netherlands,4,New Yorker Lions,1,News,475,NFL,2,NFL 2013,86,NFL 2014,9,NFL Color Rush,1,NFL Combine,3,NFL Draft 2013,41,NFL Europe,4,North Kildare Reapers,5,Norway,3,Novi Sad,1,Novi Sad Dukes,13,Orebro Black Knights,1,Orlando Webb,1,Osijek Cannons,1,Oslo Vikings,3,Osnabruck Tigers,6,Osos Rivas,1,Oxford Saints,1,Pancevo Panthers,5,Pass-Sporting,7,Philippines,1,PLFA,42,Plovdiv Wolves,1,Podrzi,1,Poland,33,Poznan Patriots,1,prague black panthers,1,Prague Lions,1,Pre-Draft Analysis,34,Prejudged,1,Pro Hunt,1,RaiZe,3,Ravensburg Razorbacks,1,Rhein Fire,1,Rise & Grind,1,Romania,1,Russia,3,SAAF,12,SafeBet,4,SAFV,1,SAJL,1,Samo Jako,1,Scam Alert,1,Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns,1,Scotland,2,Scottish Claymores,1,Seahawks Sopot,1,Seamen Milano,1,Sebastian Serrano,1,Serbia,27,Shamrock Bowl,8,Siegfried Gehrke,1,Silverbacks,1,Slovenia,2,Spencer Wood,1,Split Sea Wolves,1,SportsTakeoff,2,Srdjan Stanojev,1,Stirling Clansmen,3,StPetersburg Griffins,1,Swarco Raiders,8,Sweden,3,Switzerland,2,Talib Wise,1,TDEU Approved Signings 2014,7,TDEU Blog,11,TDEU Heroes,13,TDEU101,3,Team Cover Story,19,Team News,5,The Extra Point Podcast,4,The Life Of An Import,1,The Takeover,5,The Water Bottle Challenge,1,Thonon Black Panthers,3,Tim Tebow,1,Tony Touchdown Simmons,2,Top 10 Domestic 2017,8,Top Players 2013,4,Top Plays 2013,9,Top Uniforms,2,TopLiga,3,TouchdownTV,1,Trever Hardin,1,Triangle Razorbacks,2,Trinity College,1,Tristan Solo,1,Tychy Falcons,4,UAE Falcons,1,UK,6,UKRedZone,4,Under Armour Camps,9,Uniform Design,2,UniWatchers,3,USA Football,1,USFAF,1,Valerie Durussel,1,Veteran Imports,3,Video,217,Vila Velha,1,Vojin Milic,2,Warsaw Eagles,2,Warsaw Sharks,1,Wasa Royals,2,Waterford Wolves,5,Webinar,3,Weekly Highlights 2013,16,Why Haven't You Signed Them Yet?,3,Wikingowie Gdansk,1,Wojciech Weekly,12,Wongs Wisdom,1,Wroclaw Devils,1,Wroclaw Outlaws,1,Wroclaw Panthers,11,WWC 2013,27,Xenith,1,Zagreb Patriots,2,Zielona Gora Dragons,1,
Touchdown Europe: Greg Miletic: Life After Football - Filling that Void
Greg Miletic: Life After Football - Filling that Void
Touchdown Europe
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy Table of Content