Kellogg | Mr. Chief Product Officer
GMAT 740, GPA 77.53% (First Class with Distinction, Dean's List Candidate)
Chicago Booth | Mr. Needy Spartan
GMAT 740, GPA 3.6
INSEAD | Ms. Low GPA, Big Ambitions
GRE 2.64, GPA 2.64
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Focus
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Low GPA Over Achiever
GMAT 700, GPA 2.5
Georgetown McDonough | Mr. Aspiring Consultant
GMAT 690, GPA 3.68
NYU Stern | Ms. Art World
GRE 322, GPA 3.3
NYU Stern | Mr. Hail Mary 740
GMAT 740, GPA 2.94
Stanford GSB | Mr. Big Tech Engineer
GRE 332, GPA 3.95
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Berkeley Haas | Ms. 10 Years Experience
GMAT To be taken, GPA 3.1
Yale | Mr. Army Infantry Officer
GMAT 730, GPA 2.83
Yale | Ms. Social Impact AKS
GRE 315, GPA 7.56
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Hanging By A Thread
GMAT 710, GPA 3.8
Kellogg | Mr. Bird Watcher
GRE 333, GPA 2.9
Harvard | Mr. Relationship Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Political Consultant
GRE 337, GPA 3.85
MIT Sloan | Mr. Refinery Engineer
GMAT 700- will retake, GPA 3.87
Said Business School | Mr. Across The Pond
GMAT 680, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Singing Banking Lawyer
GMAT 720, GPA 110-point scale. Got 110/110 with honors
Stanford GSB | Mr. Corp Finance
GMAT 740, GPA 3.75
Kellogg | Mr. Marketing Maven
GRE 325, GPA 7.6/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Vroom Vroom
GMAT 760, GPA 2.88
N U Singapore | Ms. Biomanager
GMAT 520, GPA 2.8
Stanford GSB | Mr. Health Nerd
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Wharton | Mr. Army & Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
Berkeley Haas | Mr. 360 Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4

NFL Players Tackle The MBA

NFL mascots might have a better IRA than the players. Learn about the Kelley School of Business MBA for NFL players

NFL Players Tackle The MBA

Who is the latest athlete to pursue an MBA?

It is New England Patriots’ kicker Stephen Gostkowski – the third most accurate kicker in NFL history.

ESPN reports that kicker Stephen Gostkowski and a couple of teammates are not far off from earning their MBA. In September, it was reported that NBA Celtics’ guard Kyrie Irving was also pursuing an MBA degree.

“When you have little kids, and you’re in this environment, you’re sort of doing the same thing over and over again,” Gostkowski tells ESPN. “So I was looking for something that would challenge me and something that would obviously help me going into the future.”

 Working Online During Offseason

Gotkowski and teammates Ted Karras and Joe Thuney are all pursuing their MBAs through Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Their education is fully reimbursed through the NFL Players Association.

According to ESPN, the players complete their work online and during the offseason.

“Some of the classes can be extremely hard, some of them aren’t that bad,” Gostkowski tells ESPN.

Gostowski says the collaborative spirit of the MBA can be challenging.

“You have to work with other people, all throughout the United States, and some people from other countries, on group projects,” he tells ESPN. “They kind of set it up that way, because if you get a job in the real business world, you have to work with a bunch of people. So you have to make sure your time will match up with everyone else’s and that can be the most challenging thing, finding a good time that works for everybody.”

Football Won’t Last Forever

For Thuney, he first heard about the opportunity to pursue an MBA during rookie minicamp.

“It seemed almost too good to be true, that they would refund your payments,” he tells ESPN. “Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of this? Football isn’t going to last forever. I’m two years in, chipping away at that. It’s a long process and going well. It’s interesting stuff.”

Karras says the opportunity to pursue education without debt is one of the main reasons he chose to pursue his MBA.

“I don’t really know what I want to do, but I’ve already learned so much,” Karras tells ESPN. “You hear people say, ‘I want to go into business,’ but what does that mean? I’m hoping it illuminates along the way. … Education is the biggest chunk of debt we have right now in my generation and to have an opportunity to get a third degree with no debt is pretty special, so I couldn’t pass it up.”

Sources: ESPN, Poets & Quants