Alexander, Golston go back to college
Defensive linemen Lorenzo Alexander and Kedric Golston are back in school.
They're among 77 players participating this week in the NFL's business management and entrepreneurial programs at the Harvard Business School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Alexander and Golston today began a four-day session at Wharton that focuses on real estate. Business operations are the main topics of the five-day session that started Monday at Harvard.
The programs are part of ongoing joint efforts by the league and the NFL Players Association to help prepare players for life after football and Alexander and Golston were eager to return to the classroom.
"I've heard about the program for a couple of years now and never really took the time out to fill out the paperwork and sign up," Alexander said in a phone interview Monday. "I've heard a lot of great reviews from guys like [former Redskins defensive lineman] Demetric Evans, so I decided this year to go.
"And I got Kedric to go, too. I talked him into it. You're going back to school, in a sense, you kind of want to suffer with somebody you know. You have to go back and apply yourself in the classroom, and you're dealing with material that is somewhat difficult, so it helps to have a familiar face there with you. It makes it a little bit easier. I think it'll be fun and a great experience for us."
Players complete an application process to take part in the program. Since the program began in 2005, more than 500 players have participated.
In addition to its emphasis on real estate, the Wharton workshop also includes "an emphasis on analyzing financial statements, legal issues, investing and money management, social responsibility, property management, insurance and liability fundamentals, and taxation," according to the league's news release. Alexander and Golston opted to pursue the real estate program at Wharton because of their familiarity with the subject.
Golston and his wife, Christal, own Sterling-based Golston Real Estate. Alexander's wife, Manjanique, works with the Golstons. "My wife is the guru when it comes to real estate. She's been doing it since she was 19 years old, so she clearly has an eye for that type of thing," Golston said. "I've learned a lot from her, but it's a great opportunity to go to Wharton and try to pick up some more knowledge. And maybe I can pick up some tidbits to help out the company."
So Alexander didn't have to twist Golston's arm to join him at Wharton?
"It's easy to sit up there in the middle of the grind of the football season and say, 'Oh, that's something cool,' but do you follow through when the season's over and you just want to chill?" Golston said. "Me and Zo are good buddies, and the fact that he was going kind of made it closer to home for me.
"He kind of made me confirm. I might have looked into it and thought about it, but I probably wouldn't have confirmed without him, and I'm glad I did. Anyone with the chance to go to Wharton should. And what you're going to learn ... it's just another tool on your belt. And you can never have enough tools to help you succeed."
February 16, 2010; 3:10 PM ET
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