Current, former NFL players flock to St. Charles VooDoo BBQ franchise location for networking event
The party and Webcast we hosted Saturday was a hit! Plenty of people, including some current and former NFL players, came to our original location on St. Charles Avenue for a live webcast called “Handle Your Business,” part of the 13th Annual Player Networking Event, a conference for NFL players interested in going into business. Of course, since it was the day before the Super Bowl in New Orleans, we had a great time at the cocktail party we threw along with the event. There weren’t any blackouts at our show!
Among those who attended and took part in the webcast — besides the host, former Houston Oilers and San Francisco 49ers running back Spencer Tillman, a studio analyst for CBS — were Ray Ellis, a former defensive back for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles; Adam Walker, a fullback and member of the World Champion 1994 49ers; and Chris Harris, a Denver Broncos defensive back.
Football fans probably recognize those names, but Ray, Adam and Chris aren’t as high-profile as stars like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson or the Saints’ own Drew Brees. That’s one reason why great small business opportunities like the VooDoo BBQ franchise are so important to athletes who have “made it” to the pros but won’t make the mega-millions that will allow them to spend the rest of their days on the golf course. Hundreds of players like Ray and Adam spent four or five years in the league and earned a pretty good chunk of change but need access to other careers they can jump into after their playing days end.
So the webcast covered the basics athletes need to know: the importance of spending even their sizable NFL salaries wisely and positioning themselves to enter the business world before they stop playing — as public speakers, media entrepreneurs or franchise owners. We like the idea of pro athletes as franchisees; they know the value of hard work, teamwork and following a playbook to success.
If they spend their salaries wisely, pro athletes usually have a nest egg of cash they can use to finance a franchise purchase — an important ability at a time when small business loans are still hard to secure.
Either way, whether you’re an ex-NFL player or just someone who loves the idea of a fun, sustainable small business in a growing food industry niche, we invite you to take a good look at VooDoo BBQ. Fill out the form on this site, download our detailed franchise report and join the party!