Former Viking guard Steve Hutchinson retired from the game after the 2012 season, and it looks like he’s already zeroed in on what he wants to do with his post-football life. Hutchinson has joined a Minneapolis-based sports agency, The Institute for Athletes, in an executive capacity, with an eye toward helping young players just entering the big, bad, scary world of professional football. Hutchinson said after joining the IFA team:
Looking back, I was lucky to play with veteran offensive lineman during my first couple of years in Seattle who taught me how to become professional. These guys were not handed anything, had no sense of entitlement, and worked hard for every opportunity and every dollar that they earned. I carried these sentiments with me throughout my entire career, whether as a captain in the locker room or at the bargaining table as NFL Players Association representative. I have learned the business of being a professional football player inside and out over these past twelve years, and I consider it to be a tremendous blessing to have the opportunity to help past the torch to the next generation of players.
Hutch elaborated on why he feels it’s so important to help young players with the transition from the world of college ball to the NFL. Some of these guys just have no idea what it means to have money and are easily taken advantage of once they start getting those giant paychecks. Hutch recalled:
I’ve had guys that have been taken advantage of with car leases that have no idea what they’re paying. I’ve seen guys that rent a house and then have all his buddies come and live in there and wonder why he’s not going to get his deposit back.
I’ve had guys ask me, “Hey, I got this in the mail, it’s a registration renewal,” because a lot of these guys never owned cars. It’s funny, but it’s not. A guy comes from nothing, which is a story more often than not in this league.
Hutch seems like he would be the perfect guy to school young players on the world of professional sports with all its many pitfalls. He was the consummate professional as a player, a guy you could always count on. And if guys don’t want to listen to what he has to say? He can just scare the crap out of them.