After the playing days are over: Athletes look for new opportunities

Collegiate and professional athletes dedicate their lives to their teams during the time in their programs.  When their playing days are over, it makes you wonder what opportunities and benefits these athletes are provided with, if any. Retirement plans, health benefits and career services are some programs that the NCAA and professional leagues provide for their former athletes. Saving for the future

Cory Schlesinger played 12 years in the NFL after being drafted by the Detroit Lions in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft.  He’s now a teacher at Allen Park High School. Schlesinger has remained active in the Detroit Lions organization through their alumni association.

Young athletes face pressure make leap to college

Dan Perry felt the pressure at an early age. He knew he needed to wrestle. “My family would have definitely struggled to put me through college,” said Perry, who accepted a scholarship to wrestle for the University of Michigan. “I would have had to take out a ton of loans and then would have spent my entire life trying to pay them back.”

Perry had wrestled ever since he was a little boy and found success. So, even though he also played football, he focused on wrestling as a way get past the barriers like rising tuition to get to college.

Former Detroit Lions player Lomas Brown, right, and Rob Rubick pose on the set of "Lions Live." Brown became a broadcaster as a way to stay connected with the sport he played since he was a child.

Athletes transition from professional to not-so professional world

For most of his life, Lomas Brown could be defined by two words: football player. Growing up in Miami, Brown was a standout offensive lineman throughout his childhood. He accepted a scholarship and had a decorated collegiate career at the University of Florida. Brown was the first round draft pick for the Detroit Lions (sixth overall) in the 1985 NFL draft. But after 18 seasons, playing for three different teams, Brown retired.

Megan Walsh taking to Twitter for the latest election news.

Millennials, social media and the election

Social media use is at an all-time high and with the millennial generation. With the upcoming election it is being used as a main source of information. How big of an effect does social media have on the younger generation?

Oct. 11 is deadline to register for November vote

To vote, one must register in advance. Some first-time voters were very prompt about registering to vote in the March primary. Others missed.. “I registered to vote almost immediately after my 18th birthday, even though there was no election coming up for a couple years, I still wanted to get it done right away so then when an election did come up, I would be all set,” said first time voter David Halvorson.  “I think it is one of those things that really makes you feel adult.  This is going to be my first year voting and I’m glad I won’t have to worry about registration deadlines since I already did that.