A group of former and current NFL players are using their millions to invest in the future while also making smart business decisions. Together, nearly a dozen NFL vets got together and invested $810,000 into Me & The Bees Lemonade, a start-up run by 12-year-old Mikaila Ulmer. 

Mikaila originally came up with the idea to add honey to her grandmother’s lemonade recipe when she was stung by two bees when she was 4. She’s since appeared on Shark Tank and brokered distribution deals with Whole Foods and other grocery store chains. The company’s continued to grow as the Chronicle reports its seen more than 100 percent growth every year since 2014.

“She’s so humble,” retired NFl player Arian Foster said Thursday at a Boys & Girls Club in Houston. “You always have to be open and willing to learn, and she is. I’m learning from her, too. It’s a cycle. You have to keep an open mind and continue to grow.”

Other players involved in the move include with Glover Quin, Bobby Wagner, EJ Manuel, Malik Jackson, Duane Brown and  Omar Bolden, among others.

“It’s awesome that I get to work with and around these two,” Ulmer said about Foster and Quin. “They’re very smart. I learned a lot from them in the past couple of hours. I’m very happy that I’m able to work with them and they invested in my company and them helpnig us and mentoring us and believing in our mission. I think we have a better chance of achieving our goals. That keeps me pumped and excited every day.”

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