Do you have a unquenchable love of the game, but don’t actually want to play the sport, but still use your knowledge on how to play to make money? Well, coaching might just be the perfect career choice for you! Okay, many professional coaches are former players, but you get the joke.
Ranking: 3rd nationally
This Toledo native is a former quarterback but now makes his living as the head coach for the University of Michigan Wolverines.
School: Ohio State
Once playing football at the University of Cincinnati, Meyer was a coach for the Bowling Green Falcons and Florida Gators before taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes.
School: Penn State
Like many on this list, this Pennsylvania boy was also a player-turned-coach. I’m noticing a pattern here.
Kirk James Ferentz has been the head football coach at the University of Iowa since 1999.
School: Michigan State
Mark Dantonio has been Michigan State University’s head football coach since 2007. And yes, he’s a former player. I really regret that joke at the start.
Once the head coach of the Western Michigan Broncos, Phillip John (yes, that’s what P.J. stands for!) Fleck is now the head coach for the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team.
This former quarterback is the head coach at Purdue University, after formerly being a coach at Western Kentucky University.
The current head coach of the Northwestern University Wildcats football team has been in this role since 2006, since the death of Randy Walker.
Once serving as the University of Pittsburgh, Chryst is the head football coach for the Wisconsin Badgers.
Former head coach of the Chicago Bears, this current head football coach of the University of Illinois was also a former player. All the coaches on this list were former players, even the ones I did not mention. Must be a prerequisite.