Next Life: Picking Football Over the Law

It wasn't a tragic mistake that led Daron Roberts to list "volunteer football coach" on his résumé above two Harvard degrees and a stint on Capitol Hill. After graduating from the University of Texas in 2001, Roberts worked for Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) before leaving for the Harvard Kennedy School a year later. Roberts, however, wasn't convinced he wanted a career in public policy. "To be honest," the 31-year-old says, "I was looking for a way to run out the clock."

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