It is undeniable that the Florida Gators Football program has produced numerous notable sports figures in the last few decades.
One prominent Gator whose name has gradually gained traction in recent years is former offensive lineman Max Starks. Starks played for the Florida Gators from 2000 to 2003. During his three years as a starter with the Florida Gators, Starks was one of the state’s top offensive lineman. Having earned multiple honors including prep All-America honors, USA Today honorable mention All-America recognition, and named to National Bluechips All-America Team, he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004.
Starks would go on to play with the Steelers for 10 years and earn two Superbowl championship titles.
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These days, Starks spends most of his time delving into his true passion– broadcasting. Starks holds multiple roles in the sports media industry including broadcasting for the Pittsburgh Steelers and serving as both a college and professional football radio analyst. He appeared on Sport Scene to discuss landing his dream job and the future of Football.
On Breaking into Broadcasting
When people think of the 6-foot-8, American-Football star Max Starks, they rave about his unmatched talent on the football field.
But Starks said he prepared for the days when the football glory would be over and his long-time love for broadcasting would flourish.
As a natural go-getter, Starks said he seized every opportunity possible in sports media including journalism training leading up to his retirement.
As a result, he was able to gain valuable experience and skills which helped him land his breakthrough in broadcasting.
On Following Gators Football
Despite not playing for the Florida Gators in almost 20 years, Starks said he still follows Gators Football. As a radio analyst for the SEC radio station, he said he frequently keeps up with Gator football news and updates.
But beyond his job with the SEC, he said he is still a fan and watches the games.
All in all, the former Gators star is exemplifying what it means to chase your dreams after football.