Cheap Cars Of Rich Athletes
Professional athletes earn millions every year, and a vast majority spend their money on fancy and luxurious cars. However, not everyone is giving their cash on vehicles, and some choose to live in the way as if they earn their living working a regular nine-to-five job. Here are five millionaire athletes who have cheap cars.
5. Nnamdi Asomugha
Nnamdi Asomugha is a humble guy, and despite having spent 11 years in the NFL and earned up to $11 million per year, he chose to live modestly. Recently he changed his career and became an actor, and you can watch Asomugha in a film called Crown Heights.
“I was never a big spender,” he told Davy Rothbart in an interview with Wealthsimple. “We didn’t have much growing up, so I guess I got used it. Even when I was a Pro Bowl player in the NFL, I lived the same way because that’s what I knew.”
To prove that, Asomugha still owns the 1997 Nissan Maxima he got from his brother and which he drove to his prom. “That car is the one thing that everyone makes fun of me for. Even after I started earning good money, I was still in the mentality of ‘I know this is all I need so I’m doing fine.’ ”
4. Kirk Cousins
Washington Redskins star quarterback makes a serious amount of money per year – in 2017 he will earn $23.9 million. And yet, he drives the GMC Savana passenger van that has more than 100,000 miles on the clock. He bought this car from his grandma in 2014 for $5,000.
“It’s better to buy appreciating assets than depreciating,” Cousins told Kevin Clark of The Wall Street Journal in 2016. “No yachts, no sports cars.”
3. Alfred Morris
Alfred Morris signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys for $5.5 million, and despite all this money, he doesn’t spend too much cash, especially on cars. Morris still owns and regularly drives the 1991 Mazda 626 sedan.
When he was in junior year at Florida Atlantic University, Morris decided to buy this car for just a few bucks from his pastor. When he was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2012, he said on the team’s official website: “It just keeps me grounded, where I came from and all the hard work for me to get to this point.”
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.”
1. LeBron James
Lebron James is one of the richest athletes in the world. Ever since he joined the NBA in 2003, he earned almost $600 million in salary and endorsements. James appeared in several Kia ads in 2015 and even though many people were skeptical and doubtful whether he owned a Kia, he proved that he has a Kia K900.
Richard Jefferson, his teammate, posted a video of James getting into his Kia. Jefferson said after a win against the Hawks: “You come home, eight straight, and he rocking the Kia. There’s a 1,000 percent chance that there’s a 100 percent chance that LeBron drives a Kia.” Of course, he has more rides such as a 2006 Hammer H1 and a 2012 Bentley GT.