Is it that we’re so impressed with professional athletes who have such a good financial head on their shoulders because those folks just seem so rare?
That assessment of their relative numbers may not be accurate, but it does seem that whenever we do hear about pro athletes and money – outside of when they sign their enormous contracts – it’s not good.
Those that do “get it” are absolutely out there, however. We wrote about one, Ryan Broyles, not terribly long ago, and are pleased to highlight another: Nnamdi Asomugha.
Asomugha is actually a former player in the league, having decided to hang up his cleats back in 2013 after 11 seasons. However, his solid financial acumen has been on display both since…and long before…he made the decision to retire.
In a piece over at CNBC, Asomugha talks about the perspective that has kept him balanced, and financially prosperous.
“I was never a big spender. We didn't have much growing up, so I guess I got used it. Even when I was a Pro Bowl player in the NFL, I lived the same way because that's what I knew.”
Simple; but highly effective.
As a matter of fact, Asomugha still has the 1997 Nissan Maxima he received from his brother in high school, and he still drives it.
“That car is the one thing that everyone makes fun of me for. Even after I started earning good money, I was still in the mentality of ‘I know this is all I need so I'm doing fine.’”
A mentality more of us would do well to embrace.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large