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A former football player never envisioned owning a men's hair salon. But now he's glad he does.

This story appears in the February 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Running a business isn't exactly the same as running a defensive play, but for 30-year-old Kevin Lewis, linebacker for the New York Giants from 2000 to 2006, the transition was a smooth one.

Last February, Lewis opened two Sport Clips franchises in Greenville, South Carolina, and within the year, his stores had attracted more than 7,000 new clients-- or nearly 10 percent of the target market in the stores' retail trade area. He plans to open a third later this year.

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