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Jackson State University Alumnus & Former NFL Player Turns HBCUpreneur/Chefpreneur


“Cooking is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.” – Guy Fieri

The road to success rarely takes the path we have drawn up for ourselves. Along the way as we are pursuing our success we start to learn more things about ourselves. We may realize what we thought was our passion really is not and something we have tinkered with actually is the thing that truly brings heat to our kitchen. Enter, Tobias Dorzon, a Jackson State University alumnus, who spent multiple years in both the NFL and CFL, but whose true calling had been more or less a mere hobby.

In a recent interview with CNBC, Tobias Dorzon reveals how he hung up the cleats, picked up the apron, and became a culinary superstar –  actually the latter following in the footsteps of his father. He tells CNBC, “Cooking was something I always loved. But it wasn’t until I ventured off and stopped playing (sports) that I realized I loved it more than football.”

Now, Dorzon is the owner of Victory Chefs, a catering company started in 2014, and Victory Truck, a food truck venture which launched January 2018 and tackles the streets and stomachs of Washington D.C. The food truck and catering company are a launching pad for Dorzon to one day open a full-service restaurant as word travels throughout the D.C./Maryland/Virginia area of he and his teams exquisite cuisine.

HBCU Money reached out to Mr. Dorzon and Victory Chefs, inquiring how his time at Jackson State helped prepare him, “Being the unofficial team chef while I played ball was my first segue into preparing meals for athletes. We were a family on and off the field, and me being able to feed my brothers the home cooking that they were used to from back home was a great feeling!”

This is a prime opportunity to connect the work that agricultural HBCUs also known as the 1890s do with African American farmers and farms and connect them with the end users like Chef Dorzon, all while creating research opportunities for the institutions themselves. It also bodes for an argument, that an HBCU culinary school should be formed to diversify, hone, and explore the interest of many African Americans who may want the HBCU experience, but have a non-academic interest. There is lot to bite off and chew in the possibilities of connecting our ecosystem, but with stories like Chef Dorzon’s, we expect it will be an amazing meal that we can all enjoy.

Visit The Victory Chef team at https://www.thevictorychefs.com/

You can also find them on Instagram: @kingcheftd & @thevictorytruck

 

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HBCU Money™ Presents: 2013’s HBCU Alumni NFL Players’ & Salaries


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The top earning HBCU NFL player is Alabama A&M’s Robert Mathis (pictured above)

HBCU Money™ FACTS:

  • NFL teams spent $3.5 billion of 2013’s $4 billion available.
  • HBCU NFL players combine for $59.2 million in salaries or 1.7 percent of salaries spent. Estimated take home after taxes and agent/lawyer fees is $29. 6 million.
  • Hampton University leads the way with 4 NFL players.
  • 19 HBCUs are represented in the NFL.
  • SWAC/MEAC conferences both have 6 schools represented.
  • HBCU NFL players represent approximately 1.7 percent of roster positions available.
  • Average salary for HBCU NFL players is $2.1 million. In 2011, the average NFL salary was $1.9 million according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  • Median salary for HBCU NFL players is $895 000. In 2011, the median NFL salary was $777 000 according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
  1. Robert Mathis – DE – Indianapolis Colts – $10 750 000
    (Alabama A&M)

  2. Kendall Langford – DE – St. Louis Rams – $6 000 000
    (Hampton)

  3. Antoine Bethea – S – Indianapolis Colts – $5 750 000
    (Howard)

  4. Jacoby Jones – WR – Baltimore Ravens – $4 900 000
    (Lane)

  5. Dimitri Patterson – CB – Miami Dolphins – $4 600 000
    (Tuskegee)

  6. Greg Toler – CB – Indianapolis Colts – $4 333 333
    (St. Paul’s)

  7. D. Rodgers-Cromartie – CB – Denver Broncos – $2 900 000
    (Tennessee State)

  8. Sammie Hill – DT – Tennessee Titans – $2 766 666
    (Stillman)

  9. Jason Hatcher – DT – Dallas Cowboys – $2 600 000
    (Grambling State)

  10. William Hayes – DE – St. Louis Rams – $2 050 000
    (Winston-Salem State)

  11. Junior Galette – OLB – New Orleans Saints – $1 700 000
    (Stillman)

  12. Eric Weems – WR – Chicago Bears – $1 415 000
    (Bethune-Cookman)

  13. Chris Baker – NT – Washington Redskins – $1 323 000
    (Hampton)

  14. Justin Durant – LB – Dallas Cowboys – $950 000
    (Hampton)

  15. Tavaris Jackson – QB – Seattle Seahawks – $840 000
    (Alabama State)

  16. Kenrick Ellis – DT – New York Jets – $707 500
    (Hampton)

  17. Don Carey – S – Detroit Lions – $680 000
    (Norfolk State)

  18. Phillip Adams – CB – Oakland Raiders – $630 000
    (South Carolina State)

  19. Terron Armstead – T – New Orleans Saints – $559 359
    (Arkansas Pine-Bluff)

  20. Rafael Bush – S – New Orleans Saints – $555 000
    (South Carolina State)

  21. Rashean Mathis – DB – Detroit Lions – $555 000
    (Bethune-Cookman)

  22. Joe Anderson – WR – Chicago Bears – $480 000
    (Texas Southern)

  23. Anthony Levine – S – Baltimore Ravens – $480 000
    (Tennessee State)

  24. Larry Donnell – TE – New York Giants – $405 000
    (Grambling State)

  25. Marquette King – P – Oakland Raiders – $405 000
    (Fort Valley State)

  26. Kevin Elliot – WR – Buffalo Bills – $303 000
    (Florida A&M)

  27. Adrian Hamilton – OLB – Baltimore Ravens – $303 000
    (Prairie View A&M)

  28. Saeed Lee – CB – Atlanta Falcons – $288 000
    (Alabama State)

Sources: NFL.com, The Guardian, Spotrac