Originally posted by xcfan:
reading about bryant mckinnie got me thinking about how is it that dudes that have been adults for more than ten years still make life decisions/financial decisions like a not-too-bright nine year old boy. how can you go from age 18 to age 34 and not learn anything? i mean, the guy is not retarded; he can learn a nfl offense. and, i can see blowing lots of money for 2 or 3 years when you're just out of college and getting big pay, but being over 30 and racking up stripper debt and not having money to make basic payments for the staples of life? i guess some people are stone-cold knuckle heads, with no real hope to be able to think responsibly, and look out for their own good.
like some say, college and pro football does nothing to nurture the person, and if you're a knucklehead to start with, it will only snowball as time goes on. but, some of this stuff is just so absurd to me. guys completely unable to make just one good decision! wow...just, wow.
Because when you're an NFL Athlete, and you want to be a good one, your job is to eat, sleep, breathe football from age 10->you retire.
Meanwhile normal people use that time to actually pay attention in class, use the internet and friends to learn how to deal with normal issues like how to manage your money, balance your checkbook, look for jobs, write resumes, interview. Normal people learn very quickly what you can and can't afford as if you make a decent salary you probably can only get into a couple grand of credit card debt at worst, versus a Pro Athlete who makes huge pay checks and are allowed to make much larger amounts of credit card debt. However unlike them our salaries will most likely remain stable versus theres will dead stop when their career is over or at least drop dramatically if they didn't make the right investments.
Not saying it's right, but I understand why a lot of pro athletes are just stupid with their money and life skills. I'll admit, if I was making Millions right out of college, I'd be very very stupid with it. Hell I only made like 50k right out of college, and even with that I was pretty bad with the Vegas trips.