Partners Bryan Hinson, Brian Orakpo, center, and former Titans safety Michael Griffin hope their venture will encourage more players to pursue entrepreneurial interests and risks. 

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With NFL training camps set to kick off at the end of July, we’ll be in the thick of football season before we know it. But how have players been spending their time off?

Here’s a snapshot of various off-field careers and crafts that players have been working on:

Cornerback Joe Haden has turned a childhood passion for footwear into a business plan. Haden is the owner of The Restock in downtown Cleveland, specializing in the re-sale of high-end sneakers. Haden estimates he has about 2,000 pairs of shoes in the store, and after pouring $200,000 into the business, the store is now profitable. Read more. — Jeremy Fowler

Rookie defensive end Chad Thomas is a music producer. He produced “Apple of My Eye,” the opening track of Rick Ross’ most recent album “Rather You Than Me.” Thomas plays nine instruments and has been performing since he was 5 years old. He goes by Major Nine for his production work. — Pat McManamon

I dropped!!! pic.twitter.com/Ofe3YpuDXL

— Chad

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