The amazing story of how a Navy pilot-turned-Super Bowl winner made it on Wall Street

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Phil McConkey is not your average Wall Streeter.

His father worked three jobs to put him through private school. He served in the US Navy as a nuclear weapons transshipment pilot, before winning a National Football League Super Bowl title with the New York Giants.

On the gridiron, McConkey is best remembered for his performance in Super Bowl XXI after the Giants' 1986 season, which the Giants won 39-20 over the Denver Broncos.

He is now president at Academy Securities, a broker-dealer founded in 2009 that employs veterans and service-disabled veterans in areas like investment banking and trading.

McConkey sat down with Skiddy von Stade, CEO of finance career services company OneWire, to talk about his background, and Academy Securities.

During that conversation, he laid out why experience with the military is valuable for those who want to break into the cutthroat financial services industry.

Military culture is honesty, integrity, loyalty, teamwork and by the way, service. We're in a service industry. Who knows more about those qualities than military veterans? When those qualities and experiences come into helping our clients, it really resonates.

He added:

We're a small company, growing. We'd like to be a bulge-bracket investment bank broker-dealer at some point. We don't have the resources that the big banks have, but we're nimble, we're quick, and we have differentiated types of value that we add. We got nine senior-level retired generals and admirals, people who have fingers on the pulse of geopolitical macro world we live in. And that's a value to customers if they're in capital markets. If they're managing money.

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Apr 28, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Jared Goff (California) poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Los Angeles Rams as the number one overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at Auditorium Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
North Dakota Stateâs Carson Wentz poses for photos after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as second pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Ohio Stateâs Ezekiel Elliott poses after being selected by the Dallas Cowboys as the fourth pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Dallas Cowboys fans cheer after Ohio Stateâs Ezekiel Elliott was selected by the Dallas Cowboys as fourth pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Florida State's Jalen Ramsey poses for photos after being selected by Jacksonville Jaguars as fifth pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Notre Dameâs Ronnie Stanley poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Baltimore Ravens as the sixth pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with his daughter Madison after being picked #23 overall by the Minnesota Vikings during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: (L-R) Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss holds up a jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being picked #29 overall by the Arizona Cardinalsduring the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Ezekiel Elliott takes a 'selfie' with Roger Goddell during the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theater on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Ohio Stateâs Taylor Decker poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Detroit Lions as the 16th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Floridaâs Keanu Neal embraces with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Atlanta Falcons as the 17th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Ohio Stateâs Joey Bosa poses for photos with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the San Diego Chargers as the third pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Mississippiâs Laremy Tunsil poses for photos with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by Miami Dolphins as the 13th pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft pick William Jackson III smiles during an interview following a news conference Friday, April 29, 2016, in Cincinnati. After being shut out of the top receivers, the Bengals Jackson from Houston with the 24th overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night. Cincinnati needed a receiver after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu to free agency. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Alabamaâs Jarran Reed celebrates after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks as the 49th pick in the second round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Denver Broncos' second-round pick Adam Gotsis, a defensive tackle from Georgia Tech who hails from Australia, left, joins third-round pick Justin Simmons, a safety from Boston College, as the selections in the NFL football draft are introduced during a news conference Saturday, April 30, 2016, in the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Fans cheer during the second round of the 2016 NFL football draft, Friday, April 29, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
San Francisco 49ers first-round draft pick DeForest Buckner, left, from Oregon, meets with former Oregon teammate Arik Armstead, right, during an NFL football news conference in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, April 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Late Thursday night Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones heads to a press conference to finally meet with the media after the Dallas Cowboys took part in the 2016 NFL Draft, Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Team Headquarters at Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas. (Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
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