From The Dirty Tackle:
Though he’s made it further than most people who dream of becoming a professional footballer ever do, 20-year-old Torquay United goalkeeper Jordan Seabright has come to a pragmatic realization about his talent and career. So he’s quitting in the middle of the season and moving back to his hometown to become a car salesman.
According to the BBC, Seabright made up his mind about changing careers last month, but held off on making the move until after Torquay’s FA Trophy semifinal against Wrexham (which they lost 5-1 on aggregate). He moved from League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge to Torquay in the Conference Premier (the fifth tier f English football) last summer and has made six appearances this season.
From the BBC:
“If I’m honest, I fell out of love with the game, I didn’t really enjoy it any more,” he told BBC Sport.
“I didn’t see myself going anywhere and I want to have a career and be successful.”
He continued: “It wasn’t a lack of ambition in football, but it was a good opportunity for me come home and work in a good environment.”
It takes a lot to give up on a dream. Many, if not all, people reading this blog probably once had a dream of playing a professional sport which they ended up abandoning once they realized it was too far out of their reach. Some people come to that realization at age 14, others in college, and some even last until their late twenties. Although it takes a lot of courage to pursue a dream, it also takes a lot of courage to know when to quit. It is scary to abandon a dream that you spent your entire life pursuing and begin a life where the future is less planned out in your head. Jordan Seabright could have floundered in the lower tier clubs and lived below the poverty line in order to pursue his career but he was self-aware and knew he didn’t have the ability to ever make it as professional. So while some will make fun of him for abandoning the glamorous world of playing football for the sensible choice of car salesman, I applaud him for it. It takes a brave man to make a choice like that and he should be commended for it.