2. John Urshel
Even though John Urshel was a hot prospect, he decided to retire from the NFL at the age of 26 to pursue his Ph.D. at MIT. However, he spent three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and earned $1.8 million. His salary last year was $600,000, but he was always modest.
My Nissan Versa in the Ravens parking lot. pic.twitter.com/Bbqy8JircL
— John Urschel (@JohnCUrschel) August 3, 2015
“I drive a used hatchback Nissan Versa and live on less than $25,000 a year,” the athlete wrote on The Players’ Tribune in 2015. When he signed with the Ravens in 2014, he got a signing bonus of $144,560 and used $9,000 to buy the Nissan.
It’s his “dream car,” he told ESPN in 2015. “It’s great on gas. It’s surprisingly spacious. And you know what the best feeling is? You’re driving into a parking deck, it’s near full, and you’re on the first level, and there is that space that everyone has passed because they said, ‘No, we can’t park in there.’ And I take my Versa, and I just go right in there.”