Former NFL linebacker Ben Leber was the keynote speaker at the Sertoma Club banquet in Sioux City.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Football has been a major part of Ben Leber's life for as long as he can remember. From Vermillion High School, to Kansas State, to a ten-year NFL career, Leber has seen it all.
He talked about those experiences as the keynote speaker at Wednesday night's Sertoma Club Banquet in Sioux City.
After his playing career Leber has moved into broadcasting, appearing frequently on KFAN radio in Minneapolis, where he is also a sideline reporter during the preseason.
Athletes are often looking for a second career at a young age once their playing days end and Leber is just 35 years old. A two-time captain at Kansas State, Leber didn't always have a plan for life after football.
"There is a point where you do start to see the writing on the wall," said Leber. "You do start to see, my career is dwindling down because of age, pay grade, the way you body feels, you just know it's getting towards the end. I would say the last two to three years, I went to the broadcast boot camp the NFL puts on. I had a great time there. I really learned a lot of the behind the scenes sort of things and get influenced in every sort of area."
Leber was a third round draft pick in 2002. He played for the Chargers, Vikings and Rams in his career.
SportsLeber talks about NFL career during Sertoma Club banquetMore>>
Top Stories on Our Sports Page[menu1474_4-C123698]
Saturday, August 23 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:35:58 GMT
Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado will have season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee.More >>
Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado has decided to have season-ending surgery on his ailing right knee, leaving the Orioles without one of their best players as they try for their first division title in 17 years.More >>
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.