Think back to late last year and the chaotic end of the former Kansas City Chief‘s life. Belcher drove a $175,000 car, owned a small arsenal and was taking down $1.9 million a year. Not exactly chump change, but far from nosebleed levels where NFL stars are concerned. And remember how friends said Belcher argued about “normal stuff” like money with the girlfriend and mother of his child that he blew away?
Aside from the tragedy and the horror did it escape anybody’s attention that Belcher was living a ridiculously indulgent, over-the-top lifestyle? Like former Chiefs star Neil Smith who is reportedly, essentially broke.
It’s the age old story, right?
Dude excels in sports, gets rich quick, blows it, goes broke.
“NFL star who blew $5 million in just two years tells how he has traded bling and BMWs for Prius and a frugal lifestyle.”
“After blowing more than $5 million in his first two seasons in the NFL on things like multiple BMWs and suped-up Dodge Chargers, New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has turned over a new leaf – he’s traded the fancy Beemers for a fuel-efficient Toyota Prius and has recommitted himself to financial discipline,” the story begins. “In an interview with Newsday, Cromartie tells reporter Bob Glauber that his days of reckless spending have come to an end and that he is ‘all about saving money.’ ”
Seems at one point Cromartie had something like nine rides – two Dodge Chargers, a pair of Bimmers, two Radillacs and a ’65 Chevy Caprice. Add to that two cribs, a ton of jewelry and a penchant for handing out cash to friends and family.
But unlike Belcher, Cromartie got a handle on his weaknesses.
The 29 year-old New York Jets cornerback has throttled back, hooked up with a financial adviser (we’ll see how that works out) and settled down with his wife and two children.
He’s still packing 12 children with eight women in six states, but hey, the longest journey begins with the first step.
And would you believe, it’s a Prius?