By Aaron Randolph
Matt Dodge has been playing football since he was a kid. Growing up in Morehead City, North Carolina, Dodge played soccer and football. Early on while attending West Carteret High School, his high school football coach saw that Dodge had a special talent for kicking which played a key role in the upstart of his football career. During his sophomore and junior year, Dodge led the state of North Carolina in total yards per punt. Between his junior and senior year, Dodge was invited to play in the Under Armour All-American Combine in 2004.
He continued his football career by walking on at Appalachian State University where he spent one year before transfering to East Carolina University. While at Appalachian State he helped lead his team to a NCAA Division I-AA National Championship in 2005. Dodge transferred to East Carolina University and sat out one year before becoming their punter for the 2007,2008 and 2009 season. At East Carolina Dodge’s great punting skills led him to become a Sporting news and Sports Illustrated second team All-American in 2009. He also played golf after completing his career as a collegiate athlete. While enrolled at Eastern Carolina University, he majored in Construction Management with a minor in Business. During his pro day at East Carolina the New England Patriots were in attendance. Dodge had the opportunity to work with the special teams coach leading up to the NFL Draft, which led to him being drafted in the seventh round 221st overall of the 2010 by the New York Giants.
During his tenure with the Giants he had the best punting yards in Giants history. Dodge enjoyed his experience playing for Tom Coughlin.
“Playing for coach Coughlin was awesome he was a great guy. He always went to bat for us.”
Dodge had a play during his time with the Giants which turned into a blessing. Desean Jackson had a game winning 65-yard punt return against the New York Giants which was known as the miracle in the meadowlands. Most people would have not looked at that play as blessing, but Matt Dodge thought otherwise. After being released by the Giants in 2011, Matt has been invited to speaking engagements and other events to discuss overcoming obstacles. He’s helping people with financial planning and has been invited for numerous interviews to discuss his life and career after football. “That play has opened up so many doors for me.” That play has been a real blessing in disguise for me.”
After he left the NFL, Dodge started to become involved in financial planning because of his former NFL finance advisor and a client he used to personally train. He was able to get licensed for stocks and bonds as well as he continued to develop a passion for wealth management. The transition from the NFL to the finance industry was not a difficult transition for him. Since he was 14 years old, Dodge has always had the spirit of an entrepreneur. He enjoyed creating opportunities and getting paid for your work such as mowing lawns.
Currently, Matt, works for Market Street Wealth Management. He job is to essentially develop creative ways to add value to people through income planning, investments, and financial real estate planning. He wants to make the transition for people into retirement once their working days are over. He’s been working with Market Street since 2014.
Matt is also an active writer. He’s co-authored a book with the founder of Market Street Wealth Management called Halftime Shift: Understanding the Money Game in the Second Half of Life. The Book discusses the importance of financial planning in life once an athletes playing days are over. Dodge has also written over 20 articles on LinkedIn and numerous eBooks. He will be featured on a documentary called Beyond the Game.
Dodge had some solid advice for current athletes that are playing sports professionally and advice for people in general. “You have an opportunity to set yourself up for life. Take advantage of all the opportunities that are presented to you. It’s important to get the right people around you and to get financially literate.” Matt also has some books in the works that he will be releasing soon. Matt and his wife also welcomed a seven-week baby boy on August 29th.
About Aaron Randolph, Contributing Sports Writer
Aaron Randolph was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia. He is a recent Class of 2018 Media Studies and Production graduate from Temple University. Aaron has always had a passion for media and sports production, as well as film production. He is currently an intern for Fox 29 News and producer for a media company called MyNewPhilly. As he progresses throughout his career, he hopes to build a community center for at risk youth and women who have been victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.
About VCG Sports
VCG Sports focuses on providing high-quality career and business development services for athletes on the collegiate and professional level, as well as highligting their achievements and involvement outside of their playing careers. We value the importance of personal interaction and take pride in building long-term relationships with the athletes we serve. Our services are cultivated around creating value and preparing athletes for life after sports.