I was at my first state-level competition in high school. All of us athletes there had won our regionals. Every single kid was a top wrestler in the state of Minnesota, then some won, and some lost.
My first year in the NFL, I found myself $30,000 in debt before I played my first snap. Then boom: before getting my first NFL paycheck, I’d already had my first surgery.
I can count on two hands the number of NFL players I know who still have their money. According to Sports Illustrated,1 two years after retiring, three-quarters of NFL players are broke (or nearly), and five years after retiring, more than half of former NBA players are in the same rudderless boat.