Free agent linebacker Justin Durant might be taking part in the second annual Business of Music Boot Camp at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York. But he's not thinking post-NFL, just yet.
"I know when it comes to free agency, I can only control so much," said Durant, who played all 16 games this past season with the Detroit Lions and recorded 103 tackles. "I just want to take my game to the next level. I'm getting better every year."
Until Durant signs with a team, he and 19 other current and former NFL players this week will get a crash course on how to break into the music industry. The program, a collaboration between NFL Player Engagement and the Clive Davis Institute in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, features workshops focusing on all aspects of the music industry.
"When I was a kid, I'd buy albums and CDs and flip through the booklet to see who produced it," said Durant, who was drafted in the second round in 2007 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I was always fascinated by music. I just want to see what the inside of business looks like. I just want to prepare myself when I'm done with football."
"I could be a Pro Bowler in this league. I'll try to help my team any way possible," he said. "I know there is a lot of unknown right now. I'm just trying not to think about it too much."