Here’s my story catching up with former Clarkstown North star Keith Bulluck, who will be inducted into the Rockland Sports Hall of Fame next weekend:
Reading textbooks and writing papers might seem like relatively mundane activities for an NFL star, but Keith Bulluck doesn’t share that view.
When he retired last year, the former All-Pro linebacker had plenty of options. He was a millionaire, a college graduate and on a short list of the best defensive players of his generation. The way he sees it, he opted to pursue an MBA out of desire, not necessity.
“I don’t have to go back to school,” said Bulluck, the Clarkstown North graduate who played for the Titans and Giants from 2000-10. “I could have just sat back and done nothing, but, for me, I made the choice because it’s about expanding my horizons further.”
Bettering himself and his family has been Bulluck’s objective ever since he stepped away from the game. But the 36-year-old will pause his post-football life on Saturday when he’ll be among those inducted into the Rockland Sports Hall of Fame at the Pearl River Elks Club in Nanuet.
The father of three has kept busy. He’s enrolled in a two-year program through George Washington University in pursuit of an executive MBA. He also has worked on SiriusXM NFL Radio and served as a color commentator on local Titans’ radio broadcasts in Nashville.
“I’ve had tons of fun,” said Bulluck, who had 1,069 tackles, 18 sacks, 21 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles, most of it during 10 seasons with the Titans. “I had fun when I was a player, too. I had the opportunity to live the dream and now I’m living the life.”
Bulluck has traveled extensively since he last played in 2010. He has a vacation to Hawaii planned this summer with his three girls. On his first post-football trip, he visited New Zealand and Australia with All-Pro defensive end Dwight Freeney, a former teammate at Syracuse.
Bulluck has kept his focus on his future while spending time between his homes in Nashville and Edgewater, N.J.
“I always knew I was going to go back to school,” said Bulluck, who earned an undergraduate degree in psychology at Syracuse. “I was in a position to make a lot of money. Now that I’m retired, I’d rather invest in myself than invest in anything else first.
“I was blessed to grow up around some people in the Rockland area. I had friends, and their parents had things. I think being around that, some of those conversations rubbed off on me.”
The night before Bulluck is honored in Rockland, the Titans will host him at the NFL Draft in New York. He was selected to announce their second-round pick Friday night, an honor previously bestowed upon former franchise stars Eddie George and Jevon Kearse.
“I’m in pretty good company,” Bulluck said.
And looking at Bulluck’s past and future, so are they.