Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars in HBO's 'Ballers.' (Photo: HBO)
Ex-NFL player and Hollywood writer Rashard Mendenhall. (Photo: Facebook)
Ex-NFL player and Hollywood writer Rashard Mendenhall.
(Photo: Facebook)

Ari Goldberg of Business Insider is writing that ex-NFL player Rashard Mendenhall is a writer on HBO‘s new television series, ‘Ballers,’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. ‘Balllers’ is a show about an ex-NFL player who retires and transitions to life as an agent. Gilberg writes:

“In 2014, former Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall retired at age 26, walking away from millions in potential earnings. While Mendenhall may no longer be playing, he’s still drawing on his NFL experience as a part of his new job.

Since retiring, Mendenhall, who made more than $13.8 million during his six-year career, joined the Writers Guild of America and worked as a writer on the first season of HBO’s “Ballers,” which aired its series premiere [Sunday, June 21, 2015].”

Mendenhall, who always loved to write, made a very thoughtful decision to retire from professional football and try his hand at another profession. Writing for the Huffington Post, he stated:

“I wasn’t supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn’t supposed to be writing television, but I am. I’m supposed to be lost after football. I’m not. I’ve reinvented myself. This is my first transformation. I’m supposed to be broke right now, or maybe the statistics say five years from now. Either way, I’m not even close. I’m not supposed to be anything but a football player. But really, I’m just a guy who used to play football. There’s a reason I’m doing this.”

Mendenhall’s story (and some others) proves the adage, ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover.’

Read more at Business Insider.

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