Life After Football

Former Mississippi State football offensive lineman Anthony Strauder is blazing a new trail in his life now that his football career has come to an end.

Anthony had hopes that he would be signed as a free agent by one of the teams in the National Football League and continue his football career on the next level, but that didn't happen. So he started planning for the next stage in his life.

"When I realized that I wasn't going to get a shot to play football anymore, I had to find a career that I liked and would be something that would be in demand," said Anthony.

And he found what he was looking for in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.

"I start nursing school on the 20th (of August)," said Anthony. "Alcorn State has a great nursing program and their nursing school is located at the Natchez branch. After the two-year program, I will have my bachelor in nursing."

His tentative plans are to be a nurse for a couple of years, then advance up the nursing ladder.

"I'm going to work for a year or two, then go back and get my masters and either become a nurse practitioner or a certified nurse anesthetist," said Anthony.

While Anthony is focusing on his new career goal, he can't help but reflect back on a football career that provided some great memories from the time he was a small boy to the time he became a young man.

"It's hard being away from the game," said Anthony. "You ultimately come here to get a degree but (playing) football was one of my main goals. And I did the best I could and made it as far as I could, so I don't have any regrets about it. But you always are going to miss a game that you played from the time you were a small child."

The part of the game that he'll miss the most is being around the other players.

"I'll miss the camaraderie of being around the guys, working hard, sweating together and competing," said Anthony.

Anthony, in addition to a new career goal, also has another goal in mind - losing weight. So far, so good.

"I've lost about 22 pounds," said Anthony. "There's no reason to be 300 pounds if you aren't playing ball anymore. I weigh 270 now and I want to get down to 265. I'm basically giving up a lot of things I used to eat when I was playing ball and my activity level was a lot higher."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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