The NFL's long-standing labor issues will be coming to a head over the next day or so, and while the NFL and NFLPA continue mediated negotiation sessions, players around the league are bracing for the probability that they won't be playing football for a while.
One current Buffalo Bills player (Shawne Merriman) and another former Bill (Marcus Stroud) are highlighted in a report from Forbes investigating what some NFL players are doing to create new sources of income if they can't collect checks for their day jobs. Merriman's Lights Out clothing line, established in 2002, has seen considerable growth opportunities, and Merriman also has other endorsement deals. Stroud owns a custom automobile business in Jacksonville, which he started while a member of the Jaguars.
Terrell Suggs, Heath Evans and Connor Barwin are featured. The report is a nice broad sweep of high-salary veteran guys and low-salary youngsters, and shows how these world-class athletes are preparing for the possibility of a year without football.