And Tuck believes his future success at Goldman Sachs will come from preparation.
That's because preparation helps alleviate some of the pressure — something Tuck learned on the field. Playing in the Super Bowl, "The people that could go out on that field and play it just like it was any other game are the ones that go out and do well," he explains.
So now that the stakes are higher than ever, Tuck plans to be prepared.
At the NFL level, "not being prepared means Tom Brady throws 400 yards against you," he says, referencing the Patriots quarterback. "Not being prepared at a place like Goldman Sachs means that some of your trusted clients are losing money."
Tuck takes that seriously. After growing up in a rural community in small town in Alabama, he says he feels a responsibility to make the most of every opportunity.
"No one expected Justin Tuck from Kellyton, Alabama to go to Notre Dame, set records. Go to the NFL, set records. Translate from that and go to Wharton? Now Goldman?" Tuck asks.
"With all that is a tremendous responsibility that I put on myself to make sure that I am getting myself ready."
Tuck is also looking forward to learning new lessons in the finance big leagues.
"At places like Goldman ... they have brilliant people there," he says. "All I need to do is step in the door and be willing to listen, be willing to embrace the culture, be willing to accept the challenge. And I'm definitely that."
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