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Personal finance taught at HBCUs by ex-athletes


Ex-pro athletes are teaching students at HBCUs about financial literacy.

For former NFL player Adewale Ogunleye, seeing anyone, let alone athletes, struggle to manage money boils him to his core.

So, he is doing something about it.

Knowing that the average playing career in the NFL is less than four years, Ogunleye’s “light bulb” moment came in his second year in the league. That’s when he said a teammate who was a high selection in that year’s draft asked him for a loan.

“I’m looking at this guy thinking, ‘I’m undrafted.’ I only had a rookie minimum salary and you’re asking me for a loan? And I was actually in a position where I could give them a loan. And so that’s where I realized there’s a problem,” Ogunleye, who played 11 NFL seasons, told USA TODAY Sports.

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Former NFL player Adewale Ogunleye is working to help college students to learn about financial literacy.

Walter Stith, a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley’s Global Sports and Entertainment division, says there is a simple reason to see how wealth grows,  and it’s based on the average time an athlete has to produce income in a chosen sport. 

The average career length of athletes in each of the four North American major sports is less than four years. 



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