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Trojans in Business: Troy Polamalu

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In 2009, Sports Illustrated estimated that 78% of NFL players are broke within two years of retiring from the game.  Troy Polamalu is determined not to be one of them.

The two-time USC All-American was profiled in ESPN The Magazine not for his tenacity on the field, but for his business savvy off the gridiron.

Click here to read the Darren Rovell story.

The key for Polamalu was eliminating the "yes men" that tend to surround professional athletes and celebrities.  Instead, he seeks advice from family like his brother-in-law Alex Holmes, the 2004 USC national champion tight end who is a digital media consultant, and industry leading professionals.

"I think a lot of athletes think, let me put all my money into Home Depot or Facebook and just make tons of money out of it," Polamalu told ESPN. "The problem that athletes have is that they aren't business people. I'm the first to admit that. I just haven't put in the time."

Instead, Polamalu has partnered with a multifamily office called Arenda Capital.  Here is a further explanation from Rovell:



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