Tom Compton, the lineman who lived with QB Cousins for several years, said the duo moved as rookies into a cheap apartment that they furnished with another teammate's unwanted, old furniture — which included a "hodge-podge" of items like a "green-couch, red chair, a ton of fake trees." And instead of forking over some money for professional movers, the lugged the furniture on their own.
The price-conscious Redskin players, whose team just won the NFC East championship, may get laughed at a bit by their more profligate teammates for their tight spending. But they also might end up getting the last laugh years from now.
A National Bureau of Economic Research study released in 2015 last year found that about one out of every six NFL players drafted between 1996 and 2003 filed for bankruptcy protection within 12 years of retirement.
And the financial troubles weren't limited to unsung players or those who only played for a short time.
"Bankruptcy rates are not affected by a player's total earnings or career length," a summary of that study noted. "Having played for a long time and been well-paid does not provide much protection against the risk of going bankrupt."