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
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)
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(Newser) – 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.”