Arizona Cardinals running back Jason Wright has turned down a contract with the NFL to attend business school at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to allow him to start a charter school for inner-city children.
The Northwestern graduate had a contract with the Cardinals that would pay him upwards of a million dollars a year.
“That was the thing that was on my mind, the biggest hiccup,” says Wright, who spent seven seasons in the NFL. “What’s the motive behind me playing longer? What is it in there that draws me? So people would know my name?
“For me, it was superficial. For me and my family, and our belief in God, it wasn’t a good enough motivation.”