Three months post accident, I finally got my XM Satellite Radio going so now I can hear all the latest on the Kansas City Chiefs and other NFL bullshit.
This morning on the way to work I was updated on the recent statements released by the NFL that 60% of former NFL players are homeless, penniless, spouseless, and self worth-less.
The number has changed.
All the mandatory financial classes and “Save your money you idiots” lectures have apparently fallen on deaf ears. The number is reportedly now 80% and climbing!
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?
Players come into the league making at least the league minimum which is about ten years worth of this Arrowhead Adventurers ass busting wages.
And three years later they are homeless, bankrupt, divorced, and suicidal?
Frankly it’s a statistic that is hard to believe.
But what about the rest of the population?
I’m a former IGA bagboy. How many of us wound up homeless, penniless, on Prozac and single?
Most of us probably. A large percentage never had the money to lose or a spouse to divorce. Self esteem wasn’t exactly prolific in the class of 1987 that graduated from bag boy university.
What is the percentage of other groups?
While it is hard to feel sorry for the guys who drank, shoved up their nose, and partied it all away, there are stories like former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Jonathan Quinn that do make a guy feel pity.
Quinn knocked around the league for about ten years. Retiring to Tennesse, he had a nice family, and a nice nest egg to keep them comfortable while he followed his dream of coaching local scholastic football. A story we all wish were the rule rather than the exception.
A local financial manager conned him into taking control of what he sweated and saved the old fahioned way, and, well , he joined the 80% , at least those who lost all their NFL money.
But what can be done about this?
Nothing that I know of.
Your Arrowhead Adventurer shared a dorm room floor with the football team at good old Missouri Southern State University for a year. A real eye opener. Some of the guys were smart, cultured, friendly Matt Cassel types. Most weren’t. If you loaned these guys $5.00, you weren’t going to see it again. And it didn’t go for school supplies.
Give some of the NFL draft class a million bucks and it will grow to a nest egg that most of us Addicts can only dream of, and most could live comfortably on for the rest of our average American lives.
Give most of them a million(80% to be exact) and in a month you will see a $3,000,000 house, a $6,000,000 mortgage. A mortgage that will never get paid, by a football player who will never learn.
What do you think Addicts? Is this lifestyle a part of the game as much as an ACL injury? Clearly something is broke. What can be done to fix it?
PRESEASON GAME ALERT! IT APPEARS THAT THE TWO PRESEASON HOME GAMES ARE DETERMINED! AUG 12 vs TAMPA BAY and AUG 26 VS ST LOUIS