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August 13, 2015

I have shared numerous stories with readers over the years of how professional athletes have blown the millions of dollars they make playing a game. Saying that, I heard a story last week about a NFL player who truly “gets it”. Let me share the Ryan Broyles story with you.

After being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012, Broyles signed a $3.68 million rookie contract that included $1.42 million in guarantees. Usually you know what happens next. Major purchase after major purchase. Not Mr. Broyles.

Ryan Broyles is investing his millions

The wide receiver didn’t go out and blow through his money. Actually, he did the opposite. The second-round pick still owns the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer he drove in college. And he disclosed last week that he and his wife live on an annual budget of $60,000. This from a guy, who is making just over $900,000 a year.

In explaining his lifestyle, Broyles said that he has plans for the rest of his money. He stated that he became obsessed with investing after talking to a financial adviser following the 2012 NFL Draft. After signing his contract, Broyles figured out what he could live on and then invested the rest.

Broyles has had limited success on the field primarily due to a few injuries. He needs a good season as this is the final year of his contract. But something tells me if his football career is shortened, Broyles will be just fine.

And Then There Is Geno

After reading about the before-mentioned Ryan Broyles, let me bring you back to normalcy with a ridiculous NFL story.

New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith got his jaw broken a few days ago over a mere $600 that he owed teammate IK Enemkpali.  And now he will miss up to 10 weeks of action. All over $600. And Smith is a multi-millionaire. Yet, he put his job and future with the Jets on the line over a mere $600.

Geno Smith owed $600 to IK Enemkpali

According to the New York Post, Smith had initially agreed to attend a charity event hosted by Enemkpali in July, but then backed out at the last minute. Enemkpali wanted to be reimbursed for the flight and limo, about $600.

Smith didn’t pay quickly enough, the two exchanged words, and then Enemkpali slugged him.

So, the Jets lose their starting quarterback who does not like to pay off debts to teammates. Enemkpali gets cut because how can a team keep a guy who breaks his team’s starting quarterback.

IK Enemkpali broke Smith’s jaw over money

And Ryan Fitzpatrick is the Jets’ new starter at QB. Smith’s decision making has been questioned since the Jets drafted him. I wonder if he will be eating solid food by the time he realizes he should have paid up?

Where Are They Now?

Writing about Geno Smith and the New York Jets got me wondering what happened to former Clemson star quarterback Tajh Boyd? I remembered that the Jets drafted Boyd in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft. I have not heard a thing since. One of my first thoughts upon hearing the Smith news is that Boyd might move up the depth chart in New York.

It turns out that Boyd did not make the Jets final roster last year.

But Boyd kept at it and signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is now in competition with Landry Jones to be a backup quarterback to Ben Roethlisberger.

Tahj Boyd is now a Steeler

The signing reunites Boyd and his college teammate Matravis Bryant. He will look to solidify his spot on the team’s roster by attempting to beat out Jones in training camp.

After Roethlisberger, the Steelers have Bruce Gradkowski as their immediate backup through the 2015 season, but after Gradkowski is where Boyd looks to make his mark within the Steelers’ organization and making a 53-man roster for the first time in his short NFL career.











































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