Great job by Austen Lane as a special guest columnist on Sports Illustrated's Monday Morning Quarterback. Unlike a certain ex-Patriot tight end, it sounds like he has his priorities straight.

As players, we are always taught to focus on the task at hand, and to do our job. A job which only lasts 2 1/2 years on average. So where is the line? How do we focus on football while providing for a solid and stable future? While there is no surefire formula, I believe the following is a guide to developing not only a successful career but, more importantly, a successful life.