Super Bowl champion now selling meat in Aurora
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org May 19, 2014 6:14PM
Former NFL defensive back Sean Considine offers samples from his meat trailer grill Saturday on the north side of Fox Valley mall in Aurora. | Steve Lord~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 23, 2014 4:34PM
AURORA — What does a football pro consider an encore career after winning the Super Bowl?
If you’re 32-year-old Sean Considine, you’d find yourself back in your small hometown, dreaming up innovative ways to sell meat.
After an NFL career that spanned eight years with five teams, the retired defensive back is back in northern Illinois selling fine meats via a mobile meat trailer. After a successful year of bringing the mobile market to his hometown, Byron, Ill., and neighboring towns Dixon and Sterling, Considine is now bringing the meat to market to Aurora.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, the Headon and Considine’s meat trailer can be found camped out on the north side of the Fox Valley Mall near the Fox Valley Habitat Restore. This past Saturday afternoon, ex-NFL pro Considine was manning the grill, offering up samples of the butcher’s signature brats in Aurora.
After winning the Super Bowl with the Ravens in 2013, Considine said he and wife Nicole were looking to raise their growing family in a more stable environment. Today, their five children include 2-year-old triplets.
“I was a special teams player and it looked like I could spend another year or two in the NFL, but it was really hard to travel around the country and bounce from team to team like I did,” Considine said.
After retiring, the Considine brood ended up back in Byron along the Rock River. The business-minded Considine had a proposition for the longtime proprietors of Headon’s Meats, the butcher shop that operated in Creston since 1970. Instead of a satellite store, Considine thought the mobile market could reach more customers.
Last summer, Considine teamed up with the old-fashioned shop to create the Headon and Considine Market, a mobile meat market traveling between Byron, Dixon and Sterling weekly. This May, Considine added Aurora to the trailer’s weekly roster.
“It’s been a challenge for us just to keep up,” he said.
In northern Illinois, where Headon’s is well-known, the reaction was “unbelievable,” but Considine admits that the team has some work to do to get the word out in Aurora.
The meat is cut at the Creston butcher shop in the morning and brought to customers in the refrigerated trailer.
At the mobile meat counter, customers can browse a range of products, including 31 different flavors of brats, summer sausages, steaks, burgers and ribs. With 24-hour advanced notice, the market can cater graduation parties and family events, too, Considine said.
Although Considine has moved on to meats, he said the name he made in the NFL is part of the market’s draw. Kids and dads line up to take a picture with him before buying a few steaks, he said.
“That has been a big part of the business,” Considine said. “I’m there every day and I always have my Super Bowl ring on.”