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Friday, April 8, 2011
Zoltan Mesko getting most out of life

By Tim Graham

In case you missed it, New England Patriots punter Zoltan Mesko visited with "First Take" on Thursday to discuss a life story that caused the Wall Street Journal to name him the "most interesting man in the NFL."

Mesko is a native of Romania, the son of a former professional bowler. He speaks five languages. His family immigrated to the Cleveland area. He attended Michigan, was a four-time Big 10 Academic All-American and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

"When I was 10 years old, I barely knew American football existed," Mesko told the Wall Street Journal last year. "If you would've told me I'd get two degrees and a pro contract for kicking a ball in the air, I probably would have said, 'Oh yeah? Are you going to disappear into thin air for your next act?' "

To help cope with the boredom of a lockout, Mesko has put his degree from UM's Stephen M. Ross School of Business (the same Stephen Ross who owns the Dolphins) to use with the Graham Partners (no relation), a Philadelphia-based private equity firm.

So what have you done with yourself?