Correspondent: Frank Deford
Producer: Chapman Downes
Young NFL players often find themselves rich beyond their dreams, making the kind of money that could make them financially secure for the rest of their lives - if they invested wisely. Instead of thinking long-term, however, many succumb to the urge to purchase expensive cars and multiple houses, and put their money in risky investments. And with the careers of even the luckiest players lasting only a few years, many athletes must soon fend for themselves with no income or other job skills, and become destitute. REAL SPORTS correspondent Frank Deford talks to former players who've found themselves in this predicament.