18 NFL Stars Who Went Broke

Being a superstar football player is no guarantee of success in life. Yes, these players can make millions while they’re at the top of their game, but money management isn’t always their strong point. It doesn’t help that the average NFL career only lasts about three or four years. It’s a whirlwind tour to the top and it can be just as quick of a journey to the bottom for a lot of players. Here’s a look at twelve famous football players that went broke not long after their playing careers had ended. Some of these might surprise you.

Tiki Barber

This guy seemed to have it all, even after his retirement from the NFL. He’s photogenic and well-spoken, which helped him land a cushy analyst role on NBC sports football broadcasts, but he didn’t hold onto the job for long. After leaving his pregnant wife for an NBC intern, he was fired by the network for violating a morality clause in his contract.

Barber now claims he’s broke and can’t pay alimony or his divorce settlement. Apparently no one told him that how you conduct yourself in your personal life can actually affect your professional development as well. Somehow, it’s hard to feel sorry for a guy that leaves a pregnant wife all alone.

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