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Superbowl Winning NFL Linebacker Leaves Football to Join Police

A former NFL linebacker who won a Superbowl with the New England Patriots (XLIX) is leaving football to become a police officer. Cam Gordon felt that he should be doing something that has more of an impact. He told The Detroit News he wasn’t playing at his full potential:

“I said, ‘What is another career that will allow me to have an impact, have influence on younger kids and also leave behind a positive legacy?’ Instantly, state trooper — law enforcement — jumped into my mind.” – Cam Gordon

Last week, the agency approached Gordon with a conditional job offer. Gordon took the offer and secured his place in the next recruiting school. His offer comes as 250 troopers are set to retire between June 2018 and September 2020. Spokeswoman Shanon Banner said the graduates from six large recruiting classes are set to reach the threshold that gives them full state benefits after retirement. Police officials asked for an additional $9.2 million in 2018 to train 100 new troopers, which would bring the total number of state police to the highest point since 2003.

Gordon played for the Michigan Wolverines in college. He went unselected in the 2014 NFL draft before signing with the New England Patriots on May 12, 2014. He would later sign with the Kansas city chiefs.

The Detroit News
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