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Post Patterns: From Sports to Finance Careers

Phil McConkey celebrates at 1987’s Super Bowl XXI at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl, in which he scored a touchdown in the New York Giants’ win. Former high-level athletes say the lessons they learned in sports helped them build careers in finance. “Having no excuses teaches you to get more out of yourself,” said McConkey, president of Academy Securities. (Credit: NewsCom)

Kim Magrini, center, charges upfield for U.S. during 2010 women’s World Cup rugby match at London’s Wembley Stadium. Magrini is a public finance attorney with Ballard Spahr. She says rugby teachers players to improvise; something that pays dividends years later in life. (Credit: USA Rugby)

Now a Ballard Spahr public finance attorney, Kim Magrini serves as an International Athlete representative to USA Rugby Congress and a member of the Athlete's Advisory Council to USA Rugby and the U.S. Olympic Committee for Rugby.

John Spagnola celebrates touchdown reception for Yale University. He played under legendary Yale coach Carm Cozza. After a successful career with Yale and the Philadelphia Eagles, Spagnola became a managing director with Public Financial Management. (Credit: Yale University)

John Spagnola starred at Yale University before his successful career with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, where he played for another coaching legend, Dick Vermeil. He is now a managing director with Public Financial Management. (Credit: Yale University)

John Spagnola pursued a financial services career after playing in the NFL and in a managing director with Public Financial Management. “I think the overarching philosophy is not to get too high or too low,” he said of what he learned as an athlete. “Things are not as good or bad as they seem,” he said. “That lesson you can apply to managing assets and working with clients.” (Credit: Public Financial Management)

Frank Caprio catches fly ball for Harvard University in the late 1980s. Caprio, who served as Rhode Island treasurer from 2007 to 2010, batted against star pitcher Roger Clemens during a Florida exhibition game against the Boston Red Sox. “His slider broke from Tampa to Orlando,” Caprio said. (Credit: Harvard University)

Kyle Kucharski, foreground, competes for Boston College against hockey archrival Boston University. Kucharski now works in institutional municipal sales for Janney Montgomery Scott. He credits BC’s mentoring program for hockey players for piquing his interest in finance (Credit: Boston College).

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