Pro quarterbacks—they're just like us! At least, they are after their playing days are over.
For many of us, an updated LinkedIn profile is essential when it comes to the job search.
The same can be said for a handful of former Bears quarterbacks from way back when. A search shows several are using the service much the same as we are, hoping to find new jobs, cultivate business opportunities or at the very least remind their professional contacts that they are, in fact, alive.
So where are these guys now?
With Bears: 1996-98
Now: President, Pro Athletes Outreach
Long before Jay Cutler somewhat stabilized the position came a carousel of forgettable names. Among them was Steve Stenstrom, a longtime backup thrust into the starting role for seven games during a 1998 season that saw the Bears go 4-12. As a backup, Stenstrom was an excellent clipboard carrier. As a starter, well, the numbers don't lie. He went 1-6 in seven starts, throwing for four touchdowns, six interceptions and 1,252 yards.
These days, Stenstrom runs Pro Athletes Outreach, a faith-based not-for-profit that hosts conferences across the country and aims to help professional athletes integrate faith into their daily lives.
With Bears: 1997
Now: Proprietor, Mirror Wine Company
The Bears traded a first-round pick in the 1997 draft to get Mirer, with the expectation that he was going to stabilize the quarterback position. Well, that never happened. Mirer didn't do much as a Bear. In seven games (three starts), he compiled an 0-3 record, throwing for six interceptions and zero touchdowns before being released prior to the 1998 season.
While his performance with the Bears may have inspired fans to drink, at least now he provides them with a suitable beverage to quaff. Mirer's Mirror Wine Company produces small productions of Napa Valley cabernet and sauvignon blanc. So if you've got a glass, raise it to the man who led Notre Dame to glory and the Bears to … er, we're sure he's a lovely human being.
With Bears: 1999-2000
Now: Vice president, LourdMurray
Taken with the 12th pick in 1999, McNown was a huge bust for the Bears, eventually slipping below the two-headed monster of Shane Matthews and Jim Miller before being traded in 2001. In two seasons in Chicago, he went 3-12 as a starter, throwing for 16 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
But while McNown failed on the field, he apparently did quite well off it. In the early 2000s, he reportedly stole a woman away from Hugh Hefner, earning him a lifetime ban from the Playboy Mansion. These days he's found success in a different field. He's a vice president at LourdMurray, a Beverly Hills-based financial planning firm. According to a statement, McNown's job is to develop customized financial solutions for clients.
With Bears: 2004
Now: Head football coach, MidAmerica Nazarene University
Quinn was the first of three signal callers to keep the seat warm for Rex Grossman, taking over after Grossman went down in Week 3 in 2004. In five games (three starts), Quinn went 0-3, throwing for 413 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions before making way for Craig Krenzel. 2004 was Quinn's last year in the league.
He's been more successful under the headset than he was under center. In five seasons as coach at NAIA school MidAmerica Nazarene University, he's led the Pioneers to a 45-13 record, including four playoff berths and a pair of conference championships.
With Bears: 2004
Now: Principal, Arthur Krenzel Lett Insurance Group
Blink and you would've missed Krenzel's brief stint as the Bears' starting quarterback. One of the most successful QBs in Ohio State history, he won a national championship for the Buckeyes in 2003 and earned a degree in molecular biology. That success didn't carry over to the pros, however. In six games (five starts) with the Bears, Krenzel went 3-2, completing under 50 percent of his passes while throwing for three touchdowns and six interceptions.
He finished his career backing up Carson Palmer with Cincinnati, but at least he's got a sense of humor about it. Under the "Professional Athlete, Cincinnati Bengals" portion of his LinkedIn profile, Krenzel describes his responsibilities as "Held the Clipboard and stole paychecks."
With Bears: 1998
Now: Vice president, Able Heating & Air Conditioning
Moreno played in two games late in the Bears' 1998 campaign. His lone start came in a 31-17 loss to Tampa Bay, but where there is a cloud, so exists a silver lining. Moreno is one of the few quarterbacks who can say he played for the Bears and didn't throw an interception. His final numbers in Chicago: 19-of-43, 166 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs. But hey, that one touchdown was to Curtis Conway, who became Muhammad Ali's son-in-law, so that counts for something, right?
These days, Moreno exhibitis a different kind of cool. He's vice president of Able Heating & Air Conditioning which, per the Internet, is "a full service commercial and residential HVAC contractor serving San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties."
Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.
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