For many athletes, once their professional athletic career is over, they are left stagnant with little or no work experience outside of their sport.
For former NFL player JJ Birden, that was not the case. Despite earning a full-ride to the University of Oregon for athletics, JJ always knew his academics were hugely important in addition to his athletic abilities.
“I never wanted to be known as a college athlete who did not graduate,” adds JJ. He worked during the summer and focused on his academics and sports during the school year.
JJ admits a nine-year commitment to professional football wasn’t what he expected, nor what he’d planned. If it wasn’t for a knee injury he got during his senior year of college, he would have continued pursuing his dreams of becoming an Olympic track and field athlete.
“At 5’10, 160 pounds, everyone said I was too small for football,” explains JJ. “Well I proved many wrong by stretching out my career to nine years.”
With a typical NFL career averaging just over three years, JJ’s nine-year stent in the NFL was a true testament to his determination and drive.
“I guess the important thing is I am an example of what can be achieved if you want it bad enough and you’re willing to put in the work,” says JJ.
Business and Life After Football
After football, JJ married his college sweetheart, Raina, who, like JJ, has a lifelong love for health and wellness. The two knew the direct marketing industry was a business model they both believed in and spent several years in the industry. But after being with the same company for several years, they were ready for a change. They began researching numerous companies and stumbled on Isagenix. The couple knew it was the perfect fit for them.
“Isagenix gives you all the sales tools you need,” shares JJ.
With all of the presentations, videos, sales, and marketing tools completely accessible, JJ knew he’d found a company that “got it right.”
In addition to the unique business model, enrolled Associates can earn as much as $5k in 5 weeks right from the start.*
“The compensation plan is great. People can make great money up front and residual commissions kick in quickly after building your team. It’s amazing!” says JJ.
Best of all, the Isagenix business gives Raina and him more time together and more time to enjoy their eight children.
Together, JJ and Raina, have three biological children. And five years after finding out he was the next of kin to five children, who were to be placed in foster homes, JJ and Raina immediately volunteered to take them home, turning their family of five into a family of 10.
“It’s quite crazy at our house. There’s never a dull moment. Seven of the children are still in the house. Soon, more will be moving out so we try to cherish every moment with them.”
With seven consecutive years on the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing companies list in the U.S., a 49 percent three-year growth and the expansion into eight different offices internationally, JJ knows his success with Isagenix is only just beginning.
Isagenix is an 11-year-old company. Not a start-up business,” says JJ. “They have a proven track record and are on the road to becoming a legacy company by the decisions they’ve made and continue to make. All the proof is in the growth of the company.”
“We are currently in nine countries with China and Colombia opening soon. I have many connections in different countries. I love that! There are no hiccups and I can seamlessly build my business within other countries.”
“Isagenix has the full package,” he adds. “They have been doing it right from day one and continue to do so. I don’t believe there is a more solid network marketing opportunity out there today. So anyone who is part of the Isagenix family company should be going full steam ahead.”
* Earning levels for Isagenix® Independent Associates that appear in this publication are examples and should not be construed as typical or average. Income level achievements are dependent upon the individual Associate’s business skills, personal ambition, time, commitment, activity and demographic factors. For average earnings, see the Isagenix Independent Associate Earnings Statement found at www.IsagenixEarnings.com.