Mirer: From Gridiron to Vineyard
Former Seattle Seahawk QB Rick Mirer joined John Canzano on 750 AM Thursday to talk about the expectations put upon him as a young NFL draft pick and how, even after the NFL, Mirer’s career path continues to defy those expectations.
“I had to be [Joe Montana, and] Tony Rice as well. I had to fit into the system that was functioning smoothly and do the best I could,” said Mirer.
Mirer was the 2nd overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, playing for a total of 7 NFL teams in twelve seasons before retiring from the Detroit Lions in 2004.
While playing for the Raiders and the 49ers, Mirer became interested in wine-making after spending time in nearby Napa Valley.
“[Wine-making] is probably the opposite extreme of what I grew up in, but that’s probably why it happened. Certainly this was not a predictable place for me to end up, but it’s been good.”
Mirer distinguishes himself and his winery, Mirror Wine Company
, from athletes who may just limit their involvement to their name on the bottle. A portion of proceeds from Mirror wine sales go to the Mirer Family Foundation
, established in 1996. The Mirror Wine Company website states that to date over $500,000 has been contributed by the foundation to non-profits such as United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“Some guys have a big enough brand that they just stick their name on [the wine] and it moves to that huge fanbase; that’s totally understandable. I’m on the other end of the spectrum…There probably aren’t many people who buy our wine that I don’t personally thank.”
On April 18-21, Rick Mirer joins 23 other current and former NFL players at Notre Dame for the NFL “Investment for Impact” program, focusing on social entrepreneurship and matching Notre Dame players with faculty mentors.
“The opportunity to play in the NFL has provided a platform to have an impact on our communities,” said NFL free agent Quarterback Brady Quinn, who co-developed the program. “It is my hope that through the Notre Dame Entrepreneurial program, attendees may learn how to invest with an impact for the greater good.”
Click on the link below to listen to the interview with Rick Mirer.