Not all professional athletes blow their paychecks on fancy cars and expensive homes. A handful even choose to live like they're broke.
CNBC Make It rounded up five NFL players who have earned millions but don't always act like it.
The New England Patriots paid Rob Gronkowski a base salary of $8 million for the 2018 season. For 2019, it increases to $9 million. But though he's one of the highest-paid tight ends in the league, the 29-year-old hasn't touched "one dime of my signing bonus or NFL contract money," he revealed in his 2015 book, "It's Good to Be Gronk."
Instead, since his professional career started in 2010, he's been living off of his endorsement money.
Gronkowski is particularly frugal when it comes to his wardrobe. "My 'broke habit' still is my clothing and shoes," he told Maverick Carter on a 2018 episode of "Kneading Dough," adding, "If I like the clothing, if I like the shoes, I'll wear those shoes and I'll wear that clothing down to the rags."
He'll sometimes wear a favorite pair of jeans "seven days straight," he said, though "I make sure I throw them in the washer, like, day three."
"For a good portion of the off-season, the eminently practical Cousins holes up beneath the floorboards of his teenage home in Holland, Michigan," GQ reported in 2017. "He shares the space with his wife, Julie."
And he drives a dented GMC Savana passenger van, he told the Wall Street Journal in 2016, which he bought from his grandma for $5,000.
Even after signing a five-year, $57.5 million contract in 2015, pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan of the Washington Redskins found ways to cut back on housing costs: Kerrigan chose to share an apartment with childhood friend Andrew Walker, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2016.
Kerrigan also keeps his food costs low, Walker told the Journal: "He makes most of his own meals but, when he does splurge, he's going to Chipotle."
The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver has earned millions since he was first drafted in 2009: As of 2016, he'd notched about $35 million, ESPN reported, and today, his average salary is still over $1 million.
"I grew up knowing what to spend and what not to spend," Heyward-Bey said. "It's easy when you don't have money to not spend. That's how I grew up."
He even cancels his cable during football season, since he's not home to watch it. "I keep things real simple," he said. "I'm not really a flashy guy. I understand what I want to buy. I invest my money well and pay my taxes."
Quin is also a savvy investor. He puts 10 to 20 percent of his savings in private equity companies, with the aim of eventually hopefully doubling 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 told CNBC in 2016, "so that I can maximize my future."
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