Cam Gordon had just been cut by the Kansas City Chiefs and was “team hopping” in the National Football League when he found his second calling.

The former University of Michigan and New England Patriots linebacker is enlisting with the Michigan State Police.

“I came to the realization that I just wasn’t performing the way that I once was,” said Gordon, 25, a Detroit native. “So I said, ‘What is another career that will allow me to have an impact, have influence on younger kids and also leave behind a positive legacy?’ Instantly, state trooper — law enforcement — jumped into my mind.”

State police last week extended a conditional job offer to Gordon that would make him an official member of the next trooper recruiting school, the Detroit News reports.