“When my career was finally over and I gave up on the NFL, I was broke,” Henry said. “I saw that my teammates, even the ones that were making a lot more than me, were also broke.”
To avoid that same fate, Maneri, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots and New York Jets, teamed up with Charles Princiotto, a vice president of wealth management at Battery Park Financial Partners, an advisor he could trust.
Together, they came up with a plan to save 60 percent to 70 percent of his income and invest in stocks, ETFs and mutual funds.
That became crucial when his career ended and Maneri spent a year and a half with no income at all, which is common among retired players. He has since started a second act as a commercial real estate agent in New York.
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Former NFL player Patrick Kerney is another exception. After 11 years with the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks, the Pro Bowl player socked away the bulk of his income mostly by spending conservatively and staying away from too-good-to-be-true investment opportunities.
After Kerney retired, he earned an MBA from Columbia University and went on to give financial advice to other NFL players.
“When we are in our 20s we are full of testosterone and full of a pride and for us to say ‘I don’t know,’ it’s hard to do,” Kerney said. “Not many men can say that.”
“One-hundred percent of us should have an annual surplus and we need to get educated on what to do,” he said. “Don’t let ignorance be your downfall.”