November 10, 2011
We may be living in a material world, but Adrian Peterson is not a material girl. Or boy. Or super-rich football player.
The Minnesota Vikings running back told SI.com's Jimmy Traina that he had yet to buy anything special since signing a $100 million contract extension in September. Not a new car or an iPad or anything.
During an appearance on the Hot Clicks podcast, Peterson revealed his saving ways:
"I actually haven't purchased anything yet. Haven't bought anything yet. I like to sit back and let my money grow, so I'm going to sit on it for a minute. Something might pop up that I want to purchase, it might be a good investment or something, I don't know, we'll see. As of now, I'm just watching it build up in my account.
"I gotta look out for my family … so I have to be smart about it."
What? No, what your family needs is nine cars, four houses, 200 hours on NetJets, a butler who only folds pajamas and a walk-in cheese cave. Anything else for a family whose main breadwinner has $36 million in guaranteed money coming to him is tantamount to deprivation.
Oh relax, Occupy Wall Streeter reading this on your iPhone, we're only kidding. Peterson is doing it the right way by going against the stereotype of the spendthrift athlete. Actually, if I had to venture a guess, I'd say Peterson's prudent financial planning is more common among athletes than we'd think. It's just that it's not fun to write about the running back who invests wisely and opens college accounts for his kids. Fourteen Ferraris is where it's at.
Thanks, Larry Brown Sports
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