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There was a time when professional athletes had to have jobs during their off-season just to support themselves and their families.

Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Jim Brown, who never lost a fumble during his entire NFL career while piling up more than 12,000 yards and 106 touchdowns, worked as a marketing rep for Pepsi-Cola between seasons.

Defensive end Willie Davis, who played for both the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns prior to his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, taught a mechanical drawing class at a Cleveland junior high school.

There are countless other stories of big-name, old-time athletes who sold cars or insurance during their off-seasons, just to make ends meet.

I found it interesting when I discovered that on the back of a 1970 Rod Carew baseball card, the year that he was coming off the American League batting championship and setting a league record with seven steals of home, that “Rod works in public relations for the Twins during the off-season!”

It makes me think, was the 18-time All-Star and 1991 Hall of Fame inductee writing news releases, conducting media training and planning media tours between the end of the season and spring training?

I wonder how the Minnesota Twins would have defined public relations in 1970?

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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  1. By the way, that Carew card is in mint condition.

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