Mike Minter hasn't been able to stay away from football since he walked away from the NFL, and now he has his first college head coaching job.
Sure, he kept his business ventures humming along in his second hometown of Charlotte and lived off his status as one of the most popular Carolina Panthers ever. But something was missing.
''That oval brown ball,'' Minter said with a smile.
So he started working his way up the coaching ladder, and has landed at tiny Campbell, a fledgling Championship Subdivision program trying to win without offering athletic scholarships.
''People look from the outside and (say), `Look, you've got enough money. You don't have to do anything,''' Minter said. ''`Why are you doing it?' And it's really just because of the passion and the love'' for the game.
As a player, he helped Tom Osborne's Nebraska teams win two national championships and play for a third in the mid-1990s.