What could a 24-year-old quarterback with a $72 million contract, and a knack for being a firm leader, possibly teach the Federal Government? If that young millionaire is the Detroit Lions' star quarterback Matthew Stafford, the answer is "plenty."
According to the Detroit News, Stafford will be visiting the White House and Pentagon, on Thursday, May 10, in order to tout the benefits of a new football-related video game, entitled "Financial Football." Described at Financial Football's website, the "fast-paced, interactive game engages students while teaching them money management skills. Teams compete by answering financial questions to earn yardage and score touchdowns." Part of a nationwide initiative, between VISA and the National Football League, the game looks to develop financial understanding in the education, and lives, of low- to moderate- income families.
Stafford's involvement comes during the White House's first-ever Summit on Financial Capability & Empowerment. He, along with Rep. Gary Peters of Bloomfield Township, will demonstrate the beneficial aspects of the game, in which players earn yardage and score touchdowns by answering financial questions. He will also visit the Navy Federal Credit Union during his trip.
Last season, Stafford was one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, totaling over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns. He led Detroit to their first playoff appearance in a decade and distinguished himself as a top-tier performer.
Stafford and the new-attitude Lions have already done much in the way of helping raise the spirit of the financially-downtrodden Metro-Detroit area, as well as the rust of the cash-strapped State of Michigan. Now, although in another realm, Stafford, along with VISA and the NFL, is attempting to help bring another round of positive reinforcement to the masses. This is a bold, yet critical step, in helping the country's youth gain a foothold in the financial sector.
With any luck, barring major catastrophe and injury issues, this should not be the last time Stafford and his teammates will visit the nation's capital. Should the grand plan of general manager Martin Mayhew come to fruition, they will visit, again, after a Super Bowl victory, in the near future.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published, freelance author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and writes on the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions, Great Lakes Loons and Notre Dame football.
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