ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein published a story last Friday about Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles, highlighting the player's steadfast approach toward long-term financial security.
Rothstein's piece focuses on the figure of $60,000—a mark Broyles notes as his "give or take" annual expenditure target for lodging, food, entertainment and living expenses for him, his wife and newborn.
For many, it's not exactly a "roughing it" figure. But for a professional football player on a four-year, $3.6 million contract ($1.42 million guaranteed), it's living well within his means.
"I studied as much as I could," Broyles told Rothstein, explaining how an NFL rookie symposium made him think about his financial future. "Talked to people wealthier than me, smarter than me. So that definitely helps."
After plotting out a number that would let him live comfortably in the interim, Broyles began investing money and spending on things any other young, workaday father might. He and his wife drive Mazdas, and the Broyles still have the 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer he took to college.
"Then you know how much you can invest, how risky you can be," Broyles said. "When I was hitting the same budget over three, four, five months, it was all right. This is what your budget is and I had some spending money."
Broyles immersed himself in the financial world. In March, he went to Washington, D.C., with New Orleans running back Mark Ingram to speak to students about financial planning. He worked with VISA and the NFL on promoting a Financial Football video game in classrooms to help teach financial security and planning in both D.C. and his home state of Oklahoma.
Broyles' groundwork for life after football could come into play sooner rather than later, due to a series of injuries that have left him on the fringes of the game since the Lions drafted him in the second round in 2012.
The 27-year-old wideout suffered a torn left ACL in 2011 while at Oklahoma, a right ACL tear in 2012 and a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2013. Through three NFL seasons, he's played in 21 games and recorded 32 catches, notching just two grabs in 2014.
But as Broyles told the Detroit Free Press' Carlos Monarrez at training camp last week, he's ready to put health issues behind him and take the next step.
"I hate the health question," Broyles said. "I've gotten that so many years. I feel good where I am. I'm excited about this coming year... that I can play at this level."
No matter how it pans out, Broyles is more prepared than most non-marquee players for any contingencies that could beset his path.