The partnership is the end result of “10-year thought” for Chung, who, whereas within the league, has began to dip his toes into a wide range of enterprise endeavors. In February, he and former teammate Nate Ebner grew to become part-owners of the New England Free Jacks, Weymouth’s Main League Rugby membership. Chung has additionally stayed energetic within the native restaurant business, as soon as serving as the overall supervisor at Ocean Prime Boston in 2018.
“It’s like soccer,” Chung mentioned. “The extra versatile you’re, the extra worthwhile you may be.”
Now, Chung and Weymouth have launched a full-service industrial actual property firm that focuses on single-tenant retail however is ready to help with a variety of shopper wants, from leasing and brokerage, to website choice, to enlargement plans.
The pair doesn’t wish to function like an “old-school developer,” or one which drives up lease costs, which, in flip, impacts costs for customers. Given the financial aftermath of the coronavirus, together with their altruistic pursuits, they intend to strike offers that overwhelmingly favor their purchasers. A portion of the cash earned may also be donated to nonprofit organizations.
“The primary factor for me is, and I do know it sounds cliché and folks lie about this stuff on a regular basis, however that is who I’m,” Chung mentioned. “I need to have the ability to assist folks. There’s lots of people that benefit from others. That’s not what we do.”
For Chung, MJW is just not solely a approach for him to present again to the neighborhood, but additionally a possible alternative for all times after the NFL. In Could, Chung agreed to a two-year contract extension that may preserve him in New England by means of the 2023 season, however at 33 years previous, he’s effectively conscious that his enjoying profession will quickly come to an finish.
“Soccer doesn’t final without end,” he mentioned. “We all know that. That is one thing I might see myself doing after soccer. In a pair years.”
When he’s not engaged on his new enterprise enterprise, Chung has stayed relatively low-key. In any case, the first motive he opted out of the season was to guard his 10-year-old son Taj, who has a little bit of bronchial asthma; his girlfriend Regan, who simply gave beginning to the couple’s daughter in September; and his 75-year-old father.
With Taj, Chung says he tries to make sure the grade-schooler isn’t just “enjoying video video games all rattling day” and does his finest to assist him handle distant studying. Together with his daughter, he’s simply making an attempt to get night time’s sleep, one thing that’s been exhausting to come back by.
“New child infants don’t wish to sleep,” Chung laughed. “Lastly acquired six hours straight the opposite day, and it was heaven. Final night time, she was waking up each hour.”
Fellow Patriots security Devin McCourty can verify.
“He’s even despatched some movies of his child woman crying and the whole lot,” McCourty mentioned Wednesday. “However from my information, he’s doing effectively and he’s having fun with a few of the free time of being a brand new girl-dad.”
Chung has saved in contact with different teammates throughout his time away, most regularly with former locker neighbor Jonathan Jones, whom he talks to almost daily.
On the finish of October, Chung additionally organized a “Fats Friday” for the gamers, collaborating with Parker’s Pub in Wrentham to arrange a full slate of meals, together with oxtail, crab legs, and fried hen sandwiches. McCourty and lengthy snapper Joe Cardona gave the meal a ringing endorsement.
Cooking has lengthy been one in all Chung’s favourite hobbies, and opening up his personal restaurant is on his radar as a risk for the long run.
“That’s one thing I’ve a ardour for additionally,” he mentioned. “Cooking meals, bringing folks collectively. It’s like Thanksgiving. As soon as meals is round, persons are completely satisfied.”
For now, although, Chung is all-in on his new actual property firm. Household dominates the vast majority of his free time, although he famous his billiards recreation has gone to the subsequent degree, too. Aside from that, Chung expressed an curiosity in staying open-minded to no matter might come subsequent.
“Studying is the important thing to life,” he mentioned. “I wish to be studying for the remainder of my life. Individuals, they get content material, they get complacent, like, ‘I’m good at this, so I’m simply going to stay with this.’ However there’s going to come back a time the place you possibly can’t try this anymore. You might have to have the ability to be good at different issues additionally.”
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