Russell Okung heading to business boot camp

Russell Okung

Russell Okung, the Seahawks’ Pro Bowl left tackle, is among 21 current and former NFL players who will participate in the first NFL Franchising Boot Camp at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan on April 26-29.

The participants will hear from business leaders and professors during the four-day camp, including Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who spent more than three decades in the restaurant business and will serve as the keynote speaker.

“As both a former player and one who is still active in the food industry, I am excited and honored to address these players,” Richardson said in a statement. “There are many parallels to success in business and football and the opportunity to provide whatever insight I may have to this select group is appreciated.”

Richardson was a receiver for the Baltimore Colts (1959-60) and then purchased a Hardee’s franchise in 1961. He accumulated more than 600 Hardee’s and 200 Quincy Steak Houses before selling the business and becoming president and CEO for the new ownership.

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