Donte Whitner is a former three-time NFL Pro Bowl safety and 11-year NFL veteran. He was a first-round draft pick (No. 8 overall) out of Ohio State in 2006 and finished his NFL career with the 10th-most combined tackles of any defensive back in history.
Donte is currently the President of the Orange Country NFLPA Chapter and is a partner and head of the athlete advisory board at Kirtland Hills Capital. He is also working on a documentary about Glenville High School in Cleveland, OH., where he and many other NFL players graduated from, with the intention of drawing awareness to the needs of inner city schools.
We caught up with Donte for this week’s Friday Five…
1) Who is your biggest mentor?
2) Who is your favorite NFL defensive back to watch?
3) Which team is your darkhorse Super Bowl pick for this season?
4) What piece of advice would you give your younger self?
I would learn to master Transcendental Meditation earlier in my NFL career to stay more focused from all the distractions and stress off the field as you come into sudden wealth. In addition to that, I would surround myself with top 1% in business, investing and real estate much earlier. Compounding interest is the 8th wonder of the world! I would focus more on building passive income than looking for slugging percentage returns. You truly become who you associate yourself with.