In 2009, a viral Sports Illustrated feature shared a humbling statistic: "By the time they have been retired for two years, 78 percent of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce."
But a few athletes have fought back against the numbers by living frugally and making their earnings last.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, originally drafted to the Oakland Raiders in 2009, is among them.
As of last year, the 30-year-old had earned around $35 million throughout the course of his career. But instead of treating himself to an abundance of possessions, he managed to save most of it, he told ESPN during a 2016 interview.