Tom Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to win six Super Bowls, as The New England Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 on Sunday night. Off the field, Brady and other NFL players team to build companies. Brady recently partnered with former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, who is the co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, to launch a sports media startup called Religion of Sports Media, which has raised $3 million in venture capital funding from CourtsideVC and Advancit Capital. Many NFL players invest in companies. Muhsin Muhammad, who played wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and the Chicago Bears, is a managing director of private equity firm Axum Capital Partners. Steve Young, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is a co-founder of private equity firm HGGC. As Week continues, Mergers & Acquisitions takes a look at star players who invest in companies through private equity, venture capital and other investment vehicles.
Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman won three Super Bowls with the team. In addition to his Fox broadcasting gig, Aikman also runs Aikman Enterprises which invests in real estate along with other business ventures and the Troy Aikman Foundation.
Five-time Super Bowl winning New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has partnered with former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan have recently launched a sports media startup called Religion of Sports Media. Their partner is Gotham Chopra, a director and producer and the son of Deepak Chopra. They are executive producers of a documentary series called "Religion of Sports," which explores the significance of sports around the world.
Dave Brown used to play quarterback for the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals. He is now a managing director at Moelis and head of the firm’s U.S. private funds advisory group.
Former Chicago Bears defensive end Gary Fencik won two Super Bowls with the team. He is now a partner and head of investor relations at Adams Street Partners.
Peyton Manning is well known to the middle market community for speaking at ACG events. The former Indianapolis Colts and Denver Broncos quarterback previously invested in Papa John's franchises.
Mushin Muhammad used to line up as a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. He is now a managing director at private equity firm Axum Capital Partners.
Joe Montana is known for his quarterback playing days for the San Francisco 49ers before ending his career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is now a partner at venture capital firm Liquid 2 Ventures.
Glover Quin started his career as a safety for the Houston Texans before moving to the Detroit Lions. Off the field, Quin has invested in Health Warrior, which makes food out of chia; pawTree, a pet nutrition company; and PeerWell, whose PreHab mobile app helps patients prepare both physically and mentally for surgery to recover faster.
Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson
Richard Sherman started his football career as a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks and now plays for the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman previously invested in high-tech helmet maker Vicis. Sherman's former teammmate and current Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is also an investor in Vicis.
Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is the co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America. He partnered with Tom Brady to launch a sports media startup called Religion of Sports Media
Steve Young, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, is a co-founder of PE firm HGGC. Prior to the inception of HGGC, Young's professional football career spanned more than fifteen years in the NFL, primarily with the 49ers, where he received numerous accolades, including Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XXIX. Today, he serves as chairman of the board of five HGGC portfolio companies: IDERA, Integrity, DealerFX, AutoAlert and Innovative.