NFL Sends Players to Millionaires' School

Non-stars prep for second careers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2008 6:26 PM CDT
NFL Sends Players to Millionaires' School
Ross Tucker #65 of the Buffalo Bills reacts during a play against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 28, 2004 in Seattle, Washington. Tucker has since gone on to start his own business.   (Getty Images)

The average NFL player leaves football after 4 years. That’s enough time to make decent money—the average annual salary is about $1.7 million—but not enough to learn how to use it. So the NFL is helping out its 20-something millionaires by sending the best and brightest to a $10,000 business boot camp, the Washington Post reports.

The players make apt pupils. “These guys spend hours studying [game] films… so they have to be mentally focused,” said one lecturer. The NFL says it would be “disingenuous” to pretend the world outside of football isn’t competitive—but as one ex-Redskin graduate notes, “The players who really need these classes the most aren’t here.” (More NFL stories.)

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