5 Craziest Purchases NFL Athletes Have Made After Signing New Contracts
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The NFL and its athletes are a funny thing. For instance, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco led his team to the promised land and won the Super Bowl XLVII MVP award, so in turn the organization made Flacco the NFL's highest-paid player (before taxes, of course). How did he celebrate after hearing the news?
By swinging through a McDonald's drive-thru, of course.
Flacco was awarded a jaw-dropping contract by the Baltimore front office in order to prevent him from slipping away in free agency. He signed a six year, $120 million deal, which came loaded with a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million guaranteed over the course of the contract (per Spotrac).
Just hours after signing the deal, Flacco rolled through the McDonalds, where he was spotted by employees and asked to pause for pictures (per ESPN).
Flacco's massively expensive celebration meal? A $6.99 gourmet dinner for one, consisting of a 10-piece chicken McNugget with a side of fries, and one unsweetened ice tea.
He didn't exactly splurge with the the fresh $29 million stuffing his wallet.
Mr. Flacco may be the highest paid player in the history of the game, but he certainly is not the only one to do something crazy (or absurdly stupid) after signing a new contract.
Let's take a look at some of the craziest purchases NFL players have made after inking a new deal.
Vince Young Love Cheescake and Lonely Flights. And Debt.
File this one under the "not shocking" tab—Vince Young is broke (per AOL). After being selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Young scored a six year, $58 million deal with $26 million guaranteed (per Spotrac).
As they say, the rest is history.
Young splurged in a big way during his rookie season, but nothing was more flabbergasting than his trips to Cheescake Factory and TGI Fridays.
According to Clay Travis, a man who interviewed a variety of workers at establishments Young would visit, Young and his entourage would pile up $5,000 tabs at a minimum each time they visited. At a Cheesecake Factory. One former employee specifically remembers a tab running well over $6,000.
Young's carelessness with money extended to other areas of his life, including travel. According to NESN, Young wanted some peace on a flight with Southwest, so he bought every ticket on the plane:
Young reportedly once bought out an entire Southwest flight from from Nashville to Houston — aside from 10 passengers who had bought tickets before he laid claim — according to a student who was interviewed. That's about 120 tickets on a flight that probably costs $100 per.
With the amount of carelessness displayed in his rookie season alone after landing a big contract, it should come as no surprise that this is the same man who took out a $300,000 loan while broke to throw himself a birthday party (per AOL).
Stevie Johnson Stays Humble
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson was more Joe Flacco than Vince Young with his decisions when he got his first major contract in the NFL.
Johnson was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft with the No. 224 overall pick. You would think that would result in a small contract, but it didn't. Johnson signed a four-year deal worth $1.75 million in total (per Spotrac).
Those are not eye-popping numbers, but still a decent amount for an average man. Bleacher Report's NFL 365 interviewed various NFL players past and present, asking them what they spent their money on first after coming into the league:
Johnson's crazy purchase? An eight-year-old Toyota Rav4. A quick search reveals that a 2000 Rav4 runs just a little over $5,000 (or in this case, a meal for Vince Young).
It seems a bit of a humble purchase when compared to others interviewed, which ranged from multiple expensive cars and houses, to even major financial investments.
Thanks to his outstanding play since his first purchase, Johnson was rewarded by Buffalo with a five-year $36.25 million contract (per Spotrac). Here's to hoping he stays out of the spotlight for losing all of it over childish reasons.
Sam Hurd Gets Creative
The financial transgressions of even Vince Young pale in comparison to what former Chicago Bears receiver Sam Hurd decided to do with his cash.
Hurd spent the first four years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Bears on a three-year, $5.15 million contract (per Spotrac). He was nothing more than a depth option for both teams.
In December of his first season with Chicago, Hurd was arrested on federal drug charges. It sounds bad, but it's worse than you think. Hurd reportedly told an undercover federal agent he wanted to buy five to 10 kilos of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana each week. (per Complex).
According to CBS Chicago, Hurd planned on supplying drugs to multiple NFL players as well as the Chicago area in general.
Hurd represents one of the craziest (and worst) things NFL players could do after receiving a new contract. He is currently sitting in jail after buying 30 pounds of marijuana and testing positive twice for the drug while on parole (per ProFootballTalk).
Chris McAlister Buys a Monster
Chris McAlister spent 11 seasons in the NFL, with 10 of those coming as a member of the Baltimore Ravens. For his production on the field, the Ravens gifted McAlister with a seven-year, $55 million contract (per Spotrac).
McAlister used the money on something massive—literally.
According to The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck. McAlister rolled up to training camp in a massive Ford F650. McAlister's take on the truck came equipped with a license plate reading "King Kong" and a satellite television receiver on the roof.
The truck came in from anywhere between $90,000 and $200,000, but guessing on the additions McAlister made such as the television, his receipt was well north of the highest estimate.
It shouldn't come as any surprise then, that McAlister is now broke and back home living with mom and dad (per Yahoo).
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