WITH two Super Bowl titles under his belt, a former New England Patriots lineman has become a pizza prodigy.
After protecting players like Tom Brady, retired offensive tackle Brandon Gorin turned to the business world.
The Indiana native was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Purdue and had a difficult path to a starting role.
Since Gorin didn’t play as a rookie, he was released the following August.
This was followed by a one-day stint on the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad before moving to the New England Patriots’ practice squad.
Gorin had to wait another year, but he finally made his NFL debut in 2003 and played six games for the Patriots.
He took over the right tackle position in 2004 and made 25 appearances in the following two years.
Gorin was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in 2006 and was never considered for the team before being released a year later.
After returning to the Rams, he played eight games in 2007 before spending the following season as an injured reserve.
Gorin’s final season in the league came in 2009, when he appeared six times for the Denver Broncos.
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After finally retiring from his career, Gorin was able to devote his time to his growing real estate portfolio, which he had been building since 2005, while remaining open to new opportunities.
In 2010, such an opportunity came his way when he became a franchisee for Marco’s Pizza.
“Football and franchising are very similar,” Gorin told the NFL Franchise initiative for professional athletes.
“You have to put in the time and effort to be the best. You have to be goal-oriented and result-oriented.”
“You have to make an effort to achieve more and achieve your goals. It helps to have a great coach and a system that works.”
“Your success depends on knowing the process, following it, implementing it, and having a strong team to support you.
“Remember it’s your business, your money and your livelihood – invest wisely.”
According to his LinkedIn, Gorin ultimately remained a franchisee for 12 years while remaining the owner of Stylemark Properties.