Ever wondered what it would be like going from broke to being a millionaire? Dee Ford is about to tell you.
Ford sat down with Forbes.com to talk about dealing with the financial ramifications that come with being a first round pick with millions of dollars. It is a really interesting interview about the change of lifestyle, realities of being an athlete, and the problems that come with getting a lot of money all at once.
David Parnell conducts the interview and has a quick write-up about it at the Forbes website.
Dee Ford: 6’ 2”, 252-pounds. As the 23rd overall draft pick, he ran a 4.54-forty, performed a 40.5 inch vertical, and bench pressed 225-pounds 29 times at his pro day. He also completed his 2013 season at Auburn with 10.5 sacks, despite missing two games with a sprained knee. And if that isn’t enough to impress you, he is an accomplished pianist. Dee Ford is about as far from the middle of the genetic bell curve as one can be while still being considered human. But even with stats like these, up until May of this year, Ford’s income placed him well into poverty status; it was zero.
This interview will leaving not only with a better understanding of what a rookie first round draft pick is going through on a personal level, but also why John Dorsey and Andy Reid were so anxious to draft him.