‘Life After’ Taps Into The Lives Of Twelve Former Athletes and Their Evolution Beyond The NFL

‘Life After’ Taps Into The Lives Of Twelve Former Athletes and Their Evolution Beyond The NFL

October 28, 2022 0

For anyone, working your hardest to accomplish your dream and then feeling lost once you’ve accomplished it can be scary. The dopamine rush from obtaining your dream career, to new business, to new success, suddenly leaves you questioning yourself.

“Life After”, produced by Thomas Q. Jones, showcases twelve former athletes and their battle to find themselves after the NFL. Each episode highlights 1-2 athletes and their motivation to pivot into a new direction of their life. Athletes include:  Thomas Q. Jones, DeMarcus Ware, Spice Adams, Bear Pascoe, Al Bubba Baker, Justin Forsette, Dr. Myron Rolle, Jeff Allen & more.

Creating this documentary and having self-realization throughout this process, Thomas did not realize how much football was apart of his life. Growing up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia with 5 sisters, a brother, and two parents who were coal miners. Thomas knew there weren’t much opportunities in his city and he wanted to create change for his family. After rushing into his passion, 3319 yards and 45 touchdowns in school, he received 90 scholarship offers from college, then his biggest offer from the Arizona Cardinals.

“I didn’t realize how much i needed football until i retired. Once i retired, i realized i didn’t have a locker room to go to, didn’t have off-season program to get ready for, 1000 yards, pro-bowl, or super bowl to chase, what am I? What is my purpose?”

Thomas Q. Jones

Thomas felt validated from football. Outside of being a good person, he mentions once you get drafted and go through different phases of promotion, from teams to positioning, you’re continuously validated. But after his 12th year in Kansas City, he felt invisible and confused, not understanding himself, next steps, shifting into a new regime, and transitioning into a new way of living.

But after overcoming difficult habits, he decided to research and become a student in the world of acting and producing. Making the transition from Thomas Jones to Thomas Q. Jones.

“Acting saved me, It was my therapist, It saved my legacy”

Thomas Q. Jones

Taking acting classes for 4+ years and meeting with coaches helped Thomas overcome his transition and dissipate the angry he would curate before and after football games. Starring in “Johnson’ (Renewed for Season 3), ‘P-Valley’, Being Mary Jane and producing content such as “Life After”, he finally reached a position to where he feels fulfilled. His goal is to help other football players and assist them in venturing in the same direction.

Thomas Q. Jones on the set of “Johnson”

Be sure to watch “Life After” on Prime Video to view each of these transformative stories.

BMI Staff
BMI Staff