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30 Legendary Athletes Who Became Business All-Stars

When they retired from the game, they were just getting started.


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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Warren Moon

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Steve Weatherford

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Peyton Manning

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George Foreman

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Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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Michael Strahan

Bobby Quillard

Shawne Merriman

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Kobe Bryant

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Magic Johnson

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Michael Jordan

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Tony Hawk

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Dwayne Johnson

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Ronda Rousey

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Michael Phelps

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Jordan Palmer

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John Randle

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Wladimir Klitschko

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Alex Rodriguez

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Curtis Martin

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Steve Nash

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John Elway

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Shaquille O'Neal

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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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Roger Staubach

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.