Team Frugal: Brian Orakpo
Being frugal is about more than being stingy with your money. It means being prudent, smart and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday, we share profiles of athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete.
In some cases, athletes get boxed into different fields and sectors in their post career. Whether it's staying in Sports Business, Sports Marketing, Coaching, or Consulting, it seems as if these are the standard jobs an athlete falls into once their careers are done. Recently we have seen a change with athletes expressing their interests in entrepreneurship and following their passions. One example of that is NFL linebacker, Brian Orakpo. You won't believe what business he's in and the best thing about it, is that he didn't wait until after his career.
Yes, cupcakes! Brian Orakpo is in the cupcake business. What's important to take away are a few things. Orakpo did his homework on something he was familiar with and found a niche market where he felt the business would do well. Orakpo partnered with people he trusted including his former college and NFL teammate, Michael Griffin. Some people argue that business shouldn't be done with family and friends but if done right it can be very rewarding.
Orakpo is a great example of an athlete being frugal and understanding there is an opportunity for all your passions if you go about it the right way.