When I got to the NFL, my agent told me, “F**k your ‘brand’. Your brand will come from what you do ON the field, not off it.”
There is nothing people talk about more and do less than budgeting.
When I was in the NFL, people asked me for money almost every day. Old friends, strangers, even family would pop out of the woodwork with their hands out. At first I wanted to help everyone, but after a while I smartened up and learned to call bullshit on people with a few key questions.
“Knowledge is power.”
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.