Top 5 Ways 49er Football Intersects with Business

Friday, January 31, 2020
This list will give you something to talk about during your Super Bowl party

The nation is focused on a major event this weekend: Super Bowl LIV. As you enjoy the big game, feel free to stun and amaze your watch-party friends with the following five ways UNC Charlotte 49er Football and the Belk College of Business intersect.


#16 Evan Shirreffs, 49er QB and Belk College of Business MBA student, was valedictorian of his high school graduating class.


#18 Jackson VanSickle, kicker and Belk College of Business economics major, earned a scholarship by kicking a field goal.


#34 Linebacker Jeff Gemmell is armed with his recent bachelor's degree in accounting. His job prospects in business are bright after football. According to federal data, between 2016 and 2026, jobs in accounting are expected to grow by nearly 14%.


Bleacher Report states that 5 of the top 10 academic majors among football players are business focused.


Did you know that one of the nation's premier sports economists is right here at UNC Charlotte Belk College of Business?  Dr. Craig Depken, Professor of Economics.

"Football teaches you hard work. It takes a lot of unspectacular preparation to have spectacular results in both business and football."

Roger Staubach, Former NFL Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys