Spring registration is open with the NFLPA’s education partner, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business! We spoke with Buffalo Bills linebacker Ikemefuna “IK” Enemkpali about his current experience in taking courses through the valuable program. Enemkpali graduated from Louisiana Tech with a degree in sociology and now, after two years in the NFL with the Bills and New York Jets, he has decided to further his education.

Registration for the spring term at the Kelley School of Business is open through January 29. Learn more about this opportunity as well as our other continuing education programs for both active and former players and get started today!

What motivated you to begin an MBA at the Kelley School of Business?

My motivation for enrolling at the Kelley School of Business was to have an extra degree under my belt. I wanted to get exposed to another field to make a smoother transition to life after football.

What do you think guys are resistant to go back to school?

A lot of players in the league have been out of school for a few years. While everyone may have a different reason, going back to school is out of some player’s comfort zone. For many players coming into the league at a young age, and not having grown up with this kind of money, it is very difficult for them to think of life after football. Being young and playing a sport they love, their only focus is advancing their football career. However, I am not only committed to my football career but also furthering my education, which will help me in my life after football.

How do you balance football training and your education?

Right now, I am on injured reserve. But committing to furthering my education is like learning football plays. I majored in sociology in college, so I have to learn new business concepts.

How many hours did you have to commit to weekly?

I just started classes, so I plan on taking it one assignment at a time. I have a test coming up soon, so I’ll see based on that how much effort I need to put in for further assignments.

What advice do you have for players entering the league?

You can tell by the way a player walks and carries himself at work that they are the real pros. Furthermore, players are more than their mistakes and mistakes are a learning experience.

Mottos to live by:
“Doesn’t matter where you started; it’s where you finish,” “Respect is earned, not given,” and “Don’t complain.”