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These two NFL players have very different automotive ideas

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On: Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 8:53AM | By: Gary P Garry

These two NFL players have very different automotive ideas

The NFL preseason has started, and through we are still in the dog days of summer, there is football in the air. I for one love the smell of football in the morning, and the upcoming season is on my mind, so it's time to write a football related car article. What does football have to do with cars you ask? The most compelling answer is that there may not be any football if car companies didn't do so much advertising during NFL games. However, we're going to go in a different direction here.

It's no secret that professional football players make a whole lot of money, even marginal ones. For example, the minimum salary for a rookie who makes a National Football League roster is now $435,000. The median salary is over $800,000, and the average NFL salary has risen to $2.15 million dollars. When you give young guys overinflated bankrolls, they are going to think about their rides, right? There have been some pretty mind blowing cars and trucks driven into NFL training camps over the years, and one of these sightings was all over the news recently.

Antonio Brown has been one of the best wide receivers in the NFL for years, and the Pittsburgh Steelers have shown him the money. He led the league in receptions and receiving yards last year while playing under his five year, $41.7 million contract. That's decent scratch, but he's looking for a raise since there are a number of guys with lesser numbers who make more. It's tough to be underpaid like that, but he seems to be getting by. He arrived at training camp in his spectacular custom painted Rolls Royce Phantom. It's got the Steelers colors and his own signature worked into the paint job.

On the other side of the spectrum, there's Alfred Morris of the Dallas Cowboys. He's not in Brown's company financially, but he just signed a two-year, $3.5 million contract. He earned over half a million a year during the four years before he signed this new deal. The dude still drives a 1991 Mazda that his pastor sold him for two bucks when he was a starving college student. At least he's willing drive the thing now, as long as it keeps running safely. Last year he rode a bike to work.

Given the stories we hear about athletes squandering millions upon millions of dollars to wind up broke, you can't be too careful. But c'mon, Alfred...get yourself into something a bit better, man.

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