On June 25th it was reported by multiple media outlets that New Orleans Saints quarterback Mark Brunell has filed for bankruptcy protection.
It is just another example that it doesn’t matter how much money you make if you don’t plan carefully you could lose it all.
Brunell through out his 15 year career has made more than $52 million, but that is gone due to failed real estate investments.
It is all too often that players during their career get bad advice from people, which results in the loss of millions.
The best advice I heard from a former NFL player during a radio interviews was that a financial planner told him to wait after he was done with football as he would be more able to keep track of how his money is doing.
Current players just are too trustworthy and sometimes leave matters of a certain nature to a specific person.
In the end, hopefully some will learn from Brunell’s story.
There have beent stories have been told about the long grueling work do of a coaches in the National Foorball League.
The fact is though many of these coaches work too much.
It has gotten to the point where many coaches during the regular season will fall asleep on a couch in the team’s facilities.
This leads to coaches neglecting their duites as a father and husband to families.
The most glaring example of this is the suicide of former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy who was the consumate family man, but the culture of coaches working long hours took him away from his family more than he wanted to.
Then before he knew it or saw that his son James had a problem he took his life.
If Dungy was around more there is a chance that he would have noticed it, and got him help.
There already an example of coaches thriving on short work days as current Kansas Jay Hawks coach Turner Gill, when with the University at Buffalo Bulls, made sure his coaches worked short days and they still on a conference championship one year.
In the end, it is not about working harder when it comes to being a head coach, but working smarter in the time you have.