NFL players make a boat load of money. Actually, they make a few boatloads of money. And they enjoy it lavishly as they glide gently atop pristine waters in 80 degree temperature with no humidity. There are no hurricanes where they sail, only a few passing thunderstorms when the NFL fines them for an illegal hit or a rude gesture. And best of all, their boat runs off of solar energy, and it's sunny 99 percent of the time they're on the water!
Then they retire...from boating, of course. They get old. They get injured. And suddenly the waters get a bit choppy. More thunderstorms keep passing by. The world tilts and hurricanes, usually passing harmlessly to their south, now travel further north where that NFL player sails. In other words, they begin to go broke, and more often than not, that NFL player is going down with their ship much sooner than they had expected. According to some reports, at least 78 percent of NFL players declare bankruptcy within five years of retirement.
Overspending. Short careers. Inadequate financial knowledge. Arrogance. Pressure. These are just a few of the reasons NFL players declare bankruptcy so soon after their playing days. And many of these problems are difficult to correct. For example, you can teach a player how to better spend their money, but if they're arrogant or are easily pressured, how valuable is all that education. Answer: Not much.
Every season, the media digs up examples of players who overspend or are hazed or pressured into doing something they don't want to do. The list we've put together includes a number of absurd gifts NFL players have given to their teammates, which gives weight to the argument they go bankrupt for a variety of reasons. For fun, we took liberties with the type of gifts they give. Some are really expensive. Some are funny and some will probably make you squirm in your seat. Nevertheless, they all have one thing in common. They are outrageous.
20 Buster Skrine Buys Joe Haden Some Expensive Kicks
19 Tom Brady Purchases Ugg Boots for Entire Team
18 Russell Wilson Buys Xbox Ones for Entire Offense
17 Ryan Leaf Throws a Fit After Being Forced to Pay $3,000 Dinner Bill
We wanted to give Leaf his own special category because not much has been going well for the former quarterback in recent years. Actually, this category doesn't really place him in a great light either. Most NFL rookies reluctantly, but respectfully, pay their rookie dues (e.g., hazing or paying the dinner tab). And those meals aren't cheap, so we can see why some might feel reluctant to do so. Legend has it that Leaf, on the other hand, chose not to pay at all, so the late Junior Seau grabbed the former's credit card and paid for the dinner himself. When Leaf complained, Seau went out of his way to flatten the quarterback in practice the next day.
16 Carson Palmer Forces Teammates to Wear Strange Christmas Outfits
15 Aaron Rodgers Buys Teammates Some Interesting Weekend Wear
14 DeMarco Murray Surprises His O-Line With Computers
13 Aaron Rodgers' Offensive Line Have a New Way to Study Their Opponents
12 Tony Romo Gives Offensive Line Something to Travel With
11 Keyshawn Johnson's Wedding Invitations Are Better Than Yours
We're pretty certain Johnson didn't get many wedding "declines" when he sent out invitations via iPad. And by that, we mean he sent guests a new iPad with an invitation on it. Even if you were on shaky terms with Johnson's side of the family, don't you still have to go out of respect? You not only received an invite to what will be the wedding of the year, but also a new gift to play around with.
10 Alex Smith Gets Sensitive. Buys Louis Vuitton Satchels for Offensive Line
9 Chad Johnson Drops Beats by Dre for Teammates
8 Eddie George Buys Offensive Line Some New Wheels
7 Vikings Offensive Line Have No Excuses to Miss Work During the Winter
6 San Diego Chargers' Rookies Rack Up an Expensive Dinner Tab
5 Tom Brady Sends His Offensive Line Cruising in Some Spiffy Wheels
4 Dez Bryant's $55,000 Rookie Dinner Tab. Enough Said
3 Brett Favre's Not so Merry Christmas
As much as Favre gave to him team on the field, rumors always circulated he gave less to them off of it, in the form of presents that is. Former Packers' guard Aaron Taylor once told NFL.com that Favre's old-southern "sensibility" had a way of grounding players who might otherwise get caught up in the hoopla in the NFL. This could explain why he never reached for his pocket come the holidays.
2 Russell Wilson Sends His Organization Away
Most see Wilson as a genuine, kind, and humble individual. Rare qualities for a football player, in a league where bravado is usually a key component to a player's acceptance. Nevertheless, Wilson's virtues have mostly been a hit in the locker room despite a few players (foolishly) questioning his racial allegiances. And why wouldn't he be accepted after what he did one year for his team?
1 Andre Johnson Plays Santa. Spends $19,000 on Christmas Gifts for Kids
We're breaking the rules here, but we think it's actually a great way to round out this list. When first constructing this article, we were researching all the different ways players eventually go broke spending money on their teammates. And we found some absurd gestures of kindness. Plane tickets. 4 wheelers. Cars. Expensive footwear, satchels or luggage. But sometimes the best gift of all is not giving one...at least to a teammate that is.
We profiled Johnson here, but there are countless examples across the NFL of players giving back to children during the holidays. A couple of years ago, Johnson opted to give $19 thousand dollars worth of presents to foster kids in Texas. If that doesn't make you tear up than you probably need to see a doctor. We're not saying it's good that players splurge their money--most of them are broke when their playing days are over--but we suppose if they're going to, spending to help is the best way to do it.
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