David Bruton has a promising career ahead in the NFL.
After making the Denver Broncos squad as a rookie special teamer, Bruton played in all 16 games from the Broncos in his 2nd year and saw significant time on defense.
But after the best season of his young career, Bruton, like the rest of his peers, is on his own.
"I'm used to working out and having guys there to push you, and get you through that sticking point," Bruton says. "Now you have to do everything on your own."Since Bruton is no longer allowed inside the Broncos facilities, he returned to his hometown of Miamisburg, Ohio, and to his old high school.
"I did not think I would be back here," Bruton admits. Nor did he think he would ever have assumed the role he has. Bruton is earning money during the lockout as a substitute teacher.
"I was actually reviewing math earlier," he said with a laugh. "The last time I took math was my freshman year of college."
"Coming back here and seeing my old teachers is weird. Actually being in the teacher's lounge with them. That was the forbidden area."
Mr. Bruton is anxious to get back to football. But whenever he stops playing for good, he may have found his new calling.
"I didn't see teaching as a possible career before, but now it would be a potential career after football is done."