Hakeem Valles’ story is all about overcoming the odds. He made it to the NFL as an undrafted free agent and played in the league for three years with the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and New York Giants. But before he ever stepped foot on a professional football field, he first had to overcome staring death in the face. While on a mission trip to Haiti in 2015, right after graduating college, Valles and his family were tied up and robbed at gunpoint. After returning to the U.S. and getting help for PTSD, he was motivated like never before to once again overcome the odds and make it to the NFL. At Monmouth University, he’d sat on the bench until his senior year, when he became a captain. While in college, Hakeem got the chance to bloom as an entrepreneur.
Hakeem started his own campus-wide iPhone repair business. He also got engrained in real estate by flipping houses in North Jersey alongside a mentor. After his scare in Haiti, he worked with every fiber of his being to join his brother Max in the NFL. Although he didn’t get drafted, Hakeem signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2016 and began his three-year journey in the league. Valles, who retired from the NFL in 2019, is now a real estate guru and national speaker based in St. Louis. He invests in multi-family properties in emerging markets all around the country that have a high quality of life and very nice people. Hakeem is working on his NFL comeback and enjoys spending time with his little girl Lucienne.