But what to do at the venerable old age of 35 having dropped out of school to pursue a career in football and relinquished a higher education in the process?
Desperate to remain in a world they knew, some went and earned their coaching badges, but for others, the traditional route was to open up a pub in their hometown.
After all, if you’re a successful local footballer, your name and face are arguably the two most valuable things you possess.
And supporters of big clubs like Hearts and Hibs would always be on hand to raise a glass (or five) to help a famous ex-player out.
From Jim Cruickshank to Gary Mackay, Lawrie Reilly to John “Yogi” Hughes, we’ve compiled an eleven-a-side list of legendary former Hearts and Hibs stars who swapped kits for kegs when their playing days came to an end.
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