My NFL dream was ruined by a freak injury, so I started a new career and built an empire

DENNIS Jenkins almost received a contract offer from the NFL, but life had other plans.

Jenkins, 33, failed to sign an NFL deal in 2017 when doctors determined Jenkins had an injured kidney that wasn’t healing.

Dennis Jenkins (pictured) couldn't sign an NFL deal because of an injured kidney that wouldn't heal


Dennis Jenkins (pictured) couldn’t sign an NFL deal because of an injured kidney that wouldn’t healPhoto credit: Instagram / Dennis Jenkins Jr.
Jenkins turned his attention to building a successful cleaning business


Jenkins turned his attention to building a successful cleaning businessPhoto credit: Instagram / Dennis Jenkins Jr.

He played at the University of Arkansas for four years.

Unfortunately, Jenkins suffered a kidney injury two days before leaving college.

Jenkins signed an NFL football contract with the stipulation that he would eventually heal but would not heal after 14 to 17 months.

When his NFL dreams fell through, he started his own cleaning business.

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His father owns a business and his mother was a nurse.

Dennis started the cleaning company Executive Commercial Cleaning in 2017 while still coaching football.

His grandfather’s experience in the commercial real estate business enabled him to draw on family contacts when he turned his full attention to the business.

Jenkins also received appearances at offices and theme parks.

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As of 2022, his company employs 87 people and offers services such as plumbing, cleaning and air conditioning repairs.

The company’s revenue in 2022 was $8 million.

Jenkins felt early on that his business would be successful.

“I knew it would be a success within the first 3 months of signing our first six figure deal,” said Jenkins.

Dennis employs other former athletes like him who saw their careers ended early.

“We’re all human,” Jenkins said. “Some athletes can be brainwashed into thinking there is nothing but sport.”

Jenkins’ company was also voted Central Florida’s Leading Cleaning Company.


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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