Lockout? Bad economy? Doesn't matter.
Go around and ask any incoming group of NFL rookies about their first big purchases with those professional paychecks (or loans from an agent), and tally their answers. Right up there with buying a house for Mom, at the top of the list is a shiny new car, truck or whatever monstrosity of a vehicle they've been designing in their head since high school.
And it's not a brand-new concept. You can go back decades—since the moment when athletes began making more money than the average guy—and you'll find that extravagant cars have long been part of the pro ballplayer's starter kit.
Here are 25 of the hottest rides NFL players have pushed over the years. (Click the link in each slide to see the ride in question.)