Stevie Johnson has shown some questionable judgment in his professional career, but the Bills wide receiver seems to have his head straight when it comes to his money.
Johnson, who signed a five-year, $36.25 million contract last March, said on Twitter that he’s meeting with a financial advisor, so his grandkids will have nothing to worry about. Sounds like a plan, right?
It’s a breath of fresh air to see professional athletes act responsible and not spray Dom all over their entourage at the club. Way back in 2009, Sports Illustrated published an article that said “78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.”
The cautionary tale of NFL-player-gone-broke has spilled over to the incoming rookies.
Earlier this month, Laces Out asked a handful of rookies what they were looking forward to spending their first paycheck on and they mostly had the same answer. Nothing. Not buyin’ it? Well, it might be hard to believe, but the NFL has done a much better job at preparing players for the superstar lifestyle.
As for Johnson, it’s good to see him take his finances so … serious.