Note: Each day during camp, we’ll take a look at one of the former Boise State football players in the NFL. The full list is here.
Former Boise State tight end Richie Brockel is a role model for how to balance football and future career plans.
Brockel earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in three years so he could complete his master’s degree by the end of his Boise State career, all on scholarship.
He has continued his football career as a tight end with the Carolina Panthers and kept building a future career. Brockel did an internship with accounting firm Deloitte in Boise during the offseason.
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“I was working 55-60 hours a week, plus trying to squeeze in a workout at lunch,” he said in a story posted on the NFL Players website. “I’d usually slip out at about 10 a.m. and come back at 12:30 or so. I was getting to work at 5:30-5:50 a.m. and leaving at 7 or 8 p.m.
“You hear all these horror stories about tax season, and I wanted to see what it was really like and if it’s something I’d want to do after the NFL.”
Brockel has played in every game the past two seasons as a tight end/fullback hybrid and special-teamer and in 43 games over three seasons. He has four career receptions and one touchdown run.
The Charlotte Observer projects he will make the roster again this season.
Here is a more extensive profile of Brockel posted Monday night by the Charlotte Observer.
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