It’s been just over a decade since former Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Flowers declared for the NFL draft a year early and wound up being selected No. 35 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round.
However, Flowers returned to Virginia Tech recently and finished the final semester of his college education. On Friday, he’ll walk in commencement and end his day as a college graduate, according to a report from Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times.
“I always preach to kids: go to college, get your education,” Flowers said. “And even with myself, I always felt something in me, like I need to make sure I go finish. I can’t just tell these kids to go get a college education. I need to practice what I preach.”
Flowers retired last August after nine years in the NFL. He made a Pro Bowl in 2013 and intercepted 21 passes during his career.
He also made just under $50 million in career earnings, but he’d had more than enough schooling before leaving Virginia Tech to realize that he needed to protect that money to guarantee his life after football. According to a 2017 report from Steven Kutz of MarketWatch.com, Flowers didn’t buy his first house (given the tumult of a life in football) until recently and he already plans on retiring in that home.
Flowers also took the NFL’s Personal Finance Camp courses last year and is planning on returning in 2018. Armed with that, the fact that he’s been saving throughout his career and now his college education, he should be well-prepared for life after football.