Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, a former star at Wisconsin, recently told The Wall Street Journal that he would like to be an owner of a professional sports team one day, whether it’s baseball, football, or maybe even both. “For me, I’d love to get around to as many people as I can,” Wilson said. “Because at the end of the day, I want to learn as much as I can so that way, in my future — down the road after playing 20 years hopefully for the Seahawks — I can do that.”
Here he is doing that video interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Lots of former players in many sports go on to front office jobs, but few go on to own teams. So, we ask, what other former Big Ten football players would make good professional sports owners? Here’s my list of several former Big Ten standouts who come to mind, but surely there are many others. Got some others in mind? Comment in the box at the bottom of the page or tweet me at @BTNSean. You can also vote for any of my choice at the bottom of this page.
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State, 2007-2011. Cousins was outstanding on the field during his college years, but his leadership is what made him stand out above the rest. The former All-Big Ten quarterback won the 2011 Lowe’s Senior Class Award, which is given to the most outstanding senior student athlete in 10 NCAA Division 1 sports. And of course, who can forget the memorable speech Cousins gave at the 2011 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon.
Drew Brees, Purdue, 1997-2000. In addition to being one of the top quarterbacks in NFL history, Brees has also been an outstanding leader and role model off the field. He is the leading voice of the New Orleans Saints organization and was voted as the Sports Illustrated 2010 Sportsman of the Year. What more could you want in an owner for a professional sports organization?
Paul Posluszny, Penn State, 2003-2006. Since leaving Penn State in 2006, Posluszny has developed into one of the top linebackers in the NFL. But in addition to his skill set, it is Posluszny’s knowledge of the game that has led to his success on the field. In addition to graduating early in from Penn State with a Bachelor of Science in finance and a 3.57 GPA, Posluszny was named a two-time Academic All-American in college. He was also a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, which is presented to the nations’ top student-athlete.
Craig Krenzel, Ohio State, 2000-2003. In order to be a successful sports owner, one must possess strong leadership skills, intelligence, and a vast knowledge of that sport. Former Buckeye quarterback Craig Krenzel possesses all of those qualities. He was a team captain his senior season at Ohio State. He graduated from OSU with a degree in molecular genetics and a 3.75 GPA. He was named a First-Team Academic All-American and Academic All-American of the Year. And, Krenzel is still involved with the sport he loves, serving as the Buckeyes’ commentator for WBNS 97.1 The Fan in Columbus. Sound like every trait you would want in a future sports owner.
Tom Brady, Michigan, 1996-1999. Who would make a better NFL team owner than the guy who has been the face of the league over the past decade, Tom Brady. Brady has exceptional leadership qualities, serving as a team captain during his time at Michigan and as a New England Patriot. Remember when Tom Brady met with the Michigan football team right before the start of the 2013 college football season? Brady said the greatest honor he’d ever received as a player was being named a captain at Michigan. Why wouldn’t a team want a guy like that as their owner?