For most former athletes, the idea of no longer being able to participate in the sport they grew to love goes unforeseen. It’s not even a thought, let alone a conversation they would even entertain.
On average about 450 NFL hopefuls leave the league every year. That small window of opportunity to provide for their family and friends is quickly shut. They are left with the onerous question of, “What’s next?”
Former New Mexico State University stand out and Green Bay Packer, Donte Savage, his story all to familiar to athletes before him, slowly watched his aspirations of becoming and NFL star fade out.
“It struck me toward the end of my football career, that I might not get to play football for the rest of my life.”
During the career transition process athletes go through a phase known as the adjustment crisis, where they experience difficulty gaining a holistic view of their playing career coming to and end. However, Donte knew exactly what he wanted and was determined to turn his post-‐career vision into a reality and abolish the stereotype of former NFL players.
“I knew whatever I did, I didn’t want to work for anybody else and wanted to make a difference in peoples lives.”
Through persistence and dedication, Donte followed his passion and immersed himself into the tech industry by founding ProLinked.
ProLinked is a secure link that creates a digital community for free agent athletes actively seeking to connect with coaches, agents, and scouts on a global scale. We aim to give athletes the freedom to promote their selves and create their own opportunities.
Many free agent athletes aren’t provided with the necessary resources and exposure as drafted and top tier players. When dealing with high profile athletes who have the attention of head coaches, general managers, and front office executives the ‘sleepers’ can easily go unnoticed. The idea of ProLinked aims to create a platform that connects free agent athletes to coaches, scouts, and agents for athletes looking to enhance their visibility.
“My app caters to football, basketball, soccer, and baseball. There are so many recruiting sites that are just for one sport, so I wanted to be different.”