Retirement for some legendary athletes means sitting back, relaxing, and continuing to build upon the fortunes you made as a professional ball player with more sponsorships and commercial deals. For others it's about finding a passion that moves you to get out there and really making a new name for yourself. That passion for baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. is photography, just like you and I.
Griffey Jr. played professional baseball for 22 years, growing his name and stats to heights no other athlete has ever seen. His 630 home runs rank in the top-six most in MLB history. Signing a nine year $116.5 million contract in February 2000, it was no shock this guy could play ball and make money doing it. It's humbling to see professional athletes, some of which we look up to as higher than all other people, getting down to their core values of doing something they love. Griffey Jr. has more than enough reason to shoot sports though, as in the images shown here he was photographing the Boise State versus Arizona game, where his son Trey Griffey played wide receiver for the Arizona Wildcats. He was also spotted shooting a Green Bay Packers game. And in case you were wondering, he shoots Nikon.
To check out more of Ken Griffey Jr.'s work be sure to check out his Instagram feed.
Cover image by Matt York.
[via Sports Illustrated]