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30 Legendary Athletes Who Became Business All-Stars When they retired from the game, they were just getting started.

By Entrepreneur Staff

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When their game days end, sports stars might be hanging up their gear, but they are far from sitting back and relaxing.

Dave Meltzer, CEO of Sports 1 Marketing and host of The Playbook podcast. "These athletes already prepared themselves for life after sports, building brands and giving back to communities and groups -- all of which are vitally important to long-term success."

Check out this list of the most innovative sports legends who are continuing to win long after their playing days are over.

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Derek Jeter

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Shaquille O'Neal

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Peyton Manning

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Dwayne Johnson

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Magic Johnson

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George Foreman

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Ronda Rousey

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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Michael Jordan

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Michael Phelps

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Kobe Bryant

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Alex Rodriguez

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Tony Hawk

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Warren Moon

Bobby Quillard

Shawne Merriman

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Michael Strahan

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Jordan Palmer

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Wladimir Klitschko

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Steve Nash

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John Elway

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Curtis Martin

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Steve Weatherford

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Baron Davis

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Deion Sanders

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Mia Hamm

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Jamal Mashburn

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Rob Dyrdek

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John Randle

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Roger Staubach

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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