Ex-NFL star lands dream job working with seniors
Slaughter hadn’t technically worked since retiring from the National Football League after his 13-year playing career as a wide receiver, so he scrapped the application altogether.
“I had been retired from football for 10 or 11 years, and I wanted to be home with my kids,” Slaughter said. “I wanted to be there when they came home, and I wanted to be there when they left in the morning. Once my son got a little older and was about 10, I didn’t want him coming home and seeing his dad on the couch. I always wanted to work with the elderly. Some of the other places wouldn’t have taken me to where I wanted to go, and that was to a more spiritual place.
Slaughter decided to write a letter to Atria Sugar Land about who he was and what he had done over the last few years.
“I just let them know why I wanted to work there,” he said. “When I was hired, they asked for a year, and now, more than three years later, I’m still here.”
After he was hired as the community’s concierge, Slaughter’s excitement took off. On a daily basis, his routine is far from that. He takes residents to doctor’s appointments, picks up prescriptions, takes residents to the theater, leads a Bible study class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and also coordinates the Thursday “Lunch Bunch,” in which he gets a group of residents together to have a meal at a local restaurant.
“I pretty much do whatever they want me to do,” Slaughter said. “Grocery store, cleaners … whatever they want me to do, I’ll do it. I feel like anything positive I can do for them, I’ll try and do it.
“Doing what I do is not only satisfying to me, but helpful to (the residents).”
NAME: Webster Slaughter
OCCUPATION: Former NFL wide receiver, including 1992-94 with the Houston Oilers; current concierge
COMMUNITY CONNECTION: Works at Atria Sugar Land
FAST FACT: He stays busy with his children’s numerous extracurricular activities.
Matt Mackinder is a freelance writer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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