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5 rich athletes who live like they're broke

Despite earning massive paychecks, a surprising number of former professional athletes end up broke.

NFL players, for example, make an average of $1.9 million a year. Yet a full fifteen percent of them end up declaring bankruptcy.

A handful of pros are working to make sure they won't fall into that category. Here are five athletes who earn millions, but you'd never know it based on their lifestyle.

Daniel Norris

When MLB pitcher Daniel Norris was drafted at age 18 in 2011, he scored a $2 million signing bonus that made him a millionaire overnight. But the Detroit Tiger doesn't live like a millionaire.

Norris drives a $10,000 Volkswagen camper, which he converted into a tiny home and lives in during the off-season.

He also lives off of less than $1,000 a month, ESPN's Eli Saslow reported in 2015: "His advisers deposit $800 a month into his checking account — or about half as much as he would earn working full time for minimum wage."

"Just because money is there doesn't mean you have to have nicer things than you used to have," Norris told ESPN. "I'm actually more comfortable being kind of poor."

Kirk Cousins

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins earned $19.9 million last year and will take home $23.9 million this year. Yet the 29-year-old NFL star still chooses to live in his parents' basement with his wife during the summer.

He also drives a dented GMC Savana passenger van that he bought from his grandma for $5,000.

Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins
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Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins

Ryan Kerrigan

Cousins isn't the only Redskin living on the cheap. Pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan, who signed a five-year, $57.5 million contract in 2015, shares an apartment with childhood friend Andrew Walker and drives a modest Chevy Tahoe, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Kerrigan also keeps his food costs low, Walker tells the Journal: "He makes most of his own meals but when he does splurge, he's going to Chipotle."

Ryan Kerrigan
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Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Broyles

Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, has lived on a modest $60,000 a year throughout his NFL career.

That's a fraction of his salary, which has been as high as $570,000. He prefers to stash the rest of his earnings in investments and retirement savings accounts.

"I still splurge every now and then," Broyles writes on The Players' Tribune, but, in general, he keeps things cheap: "I don't have cable. I use Apple TV and Netflix. My wife and I don't go out to eat a lot, and I make sure I pay off my credit cards every month."

Wide receiver Ryan Broyles speaks during an event to educate teens about financial responsibility
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Wide receiver Ryan Broyles speaks during an event to educate teens about financial responsibility

Glover Quin

The Detroit Lions safety, who earns an average of $6.5 million a year, has been saving 70 percent of his take-home pay since he was drafted in 2009.

Quin is also a savvy investor. He puts 10 to 20 percent of his savings in private equity companies, which could eventually double his income.

The plan has always been to "save as much money as I can and spend as little as I can in the time that I have in the league," Quin tells CNBC, "so that I can maximize my future."

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