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After NFL: Tra Thomas opens a gym, Erron Kinney becomes a firefighter

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As the active NFL players continue to sit around and wait for the lockout to end, we’ve come across a couple of interesting stories this morning about what former NFL players are up to.

Up first we have former Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas, who is opening a gym in New Jersey.

This was something I’ve always wanted to do,” Thomas told the Philadelphia Daily News.

Thomas said some of his former Eagles teammates who are still active players will be working at the gym as personal trainers until the lockout comes to an end.

“With this lockout going on, it’ll give these guys a chance to do what they love,” Thomas said, “and get paid for it.”

We also have the interesting story of former Titans tight end Erron Kinney, who is now a captain with the St. Andrews Fire Department in Charleston, South Carolina. Like Thomas, Kinney is using his experience in the NFL to push physical fitness, and he says firefighters should view themselves as athletes.

We are professional athletes,” Kinney told Firehouse.com. “This is something we need to embrace. What we do is far more important.”

At a time when a week rarely goes by without a story of a former player losing all his NFL money, we wish Thomas and Kinney well in their post-NFL careers.

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15 Responses to “After NFL: Tra Thomas opens a gym, Erron Kinney becomes a firefighter”
  1. tonydehoff says: Mar 30, 2011 10:58 AM

    Good read. Nice to hear something positive about former players instead of the typical arrest story.

  2. chapnastier says: Mar 30, 2011 10:59 AM

    Awesome news here.

  3. p4ever says: Mar 30, 2011 11:43 AM

    Good story. Thank you MDS for reporting on a positive story instead of arrest rumors. I know this will not bring as much traffic…

  4. davem23 says: Mar 30, 2011 11:48 AM

    Tra,
    I was think of joining can you please show me your books? I want to see how my membership fee is being distributed.

    Thanks!

  5. northeastern31 says: Mar 30, 2011 11:59 AM

    This was a great surprise….it actually put me in a better mood.

  6. Al Davis says: Mar 30, 2011 12:34 PM

    Im not sure how linemen would work as personal trainers… I used to be one we don’t usually know much about getting ripped

  7. thefiesty1 says: Mar 30, 2011 12:38 PM

    It appears that at least a couple of ex-players came out of the league with a few brains and planned ahead for their “retirement” instead of blowing it and are now broke.

  8. CKL says: Mar 30, 2011 12:40 PM

    Good for them. It IS nice to read about all the decent guys. There are a lot more decent guys in the NFL past and present than there are criminals.

  9. andyreidcarboload says: Mar 30, 2011 12:44 PM

    Loved the Kinney blurb. Now that is an accomplished life. Plus a pension in 20 years to boot!

  10. blackqbwhiterb says: Mar 30, 2011 12:46 PM

    Kinney is right…When you look at firefighter line of duty deaths, 54% of them are from heart attacks. They NEED to be in shape, sadly many aren’t, or they work long after an age they should not.Hopefully he can continue to make a positive difference.

  11. NFLJunkie says: Mar 30, 2011 1:17 PM

    No surprise with Kinney. Volunteer firefighting was a big part of his life even as an active player, although he stuck with low-risk duties while he was under an NFL contract.

    Brings back memories of that massive Ford pick-up he used to drive around town, with the strobe lights and the siren…never a doubt what he wanted to do when his playing days were over.

    Good for him. One of the good guys.

  12. godofwine330 says: Mar 30, 2011 2:01 PM

    Props to both of them for their post career success.

  13. brasho says: Mar 30, 2011 5:55 PM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Mar 30, 2011 12:46 PM
    Kinney is right…When you look at firefighter line of duty deaths, 54% of them are from heart attacks. They NEED to be in shape, sadly many aren’t, or they work long after an age they should not.Hopefully he can continue to make a positive difference.

    ++++++++

    My wife is a professional firefighter… and for many of the heart disease related deaths for firefighters, most of them are in very good shape but the years of extremely high stress and exposure to carcinogens can be very unhealthy to even the fittest of people.

  14. brasho says: Mar 30, 2011 5:56 PM

    I wish Tra Thomas the best, but even during a live market, opening up a gym is usually a poor business decision. Most gyms flop inside of 2 years no matter how many former professional athletes are working there.

  15. igglesfan13 says: Mar 30, 2011 9:32 PM

    As an Eagles fan I loved Tra Thomas as a player. Hopefully this endeavor works out for him.

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