Bears tight end Martellus Bennett

(Danyell M. Boyd, Christ the King) Jesuit College Prep [last month] to speak directly with male students about responsibility, goals and his life outside of professional sports. The former Texas A&M football and basketball star was drafted in 2008 by the Dallas Cowboys. He also played with the New York Giants before joining the roster with Chicago Bears in 2013. 

The 6’6″ athlete paced the gym floor throughout his speech and kept the crowd laughing with a mixture of dating advice, stories of his career outside of football and the financial pressures that follow success. Still he told the students there are better bets in life outside of professional sports. He walked them through the numbers and explained to the young men that knowledge, not money, is the real currency in the world today. The average NFL career is three years, which is shorter than an average college career, so everyone should have a plan for the future outside 

CTK President, Clem Martin, who is a former College of Holy Cross baseball player said, “We constantly remind our students that the energy they put into their studies and the opportunities provided to them through the Corporate Work Study Program will provide them the foundation needed to be successful in college and beyond.”

Students at Christ the King participate in a Corporate Work Study Program where they work five days each month in a business setting and serve as reliable, productive and cost-effective employees while enabling them to earn a portion of their tuition costs and gain real work experience prior to graduation.