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Former NFL Player Nate Burleson Built A $18M Fortune — Now, He's Chasing His 'Media Mogul' Dreams, But His Wife And 3 Children Are His Top Priority

Career pivots are becoming increasingly common as people realize the power of not limiting themselves to one lane. This phenomenon has become particularly pervasive in the sports world, as many former athletes find themselves out of the game but adjacent to the sports they love through media, coaching, or front-office gigs. Former NFL wide receiver Nate Burleson is a shining example of a successful career pivot, his path fueled by prioritizing his mental health. Burleson is a Canadian-born television host who played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Detroit Lions across 11 seasons. During his career, he completed 457 receptions with 5,630 yards and 39 touchdowns. However, his career hit a bump in 2008 when he tore his ACL, missing most of that season and struggling with his mental health. In Yahoo Life’s “The Unwind” series, Burleson shared the challenges he faced with depression during that time, highlighting his resilience in the face of adversity. “I realized how...

Jul 2, 2024

Saquon Barkley Is Running It Up On And Off The Field With An Estimated $32M Net Worth

When football fans think of top-tier running backs, names like Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Walter Payton come to mind. But one of the new faces garnering attention in football is Saquon Barkley. A former Pennsylvania State University student-athlete, Barkley was the New York Giants’ No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft. His collegiate career proved how much of an asset he would be in the NFL. Barkley earned the titles of Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Running Back of the Year twice in 2016 and 2017 at Penn State. He holds the university’s records for the most rushing touchdowns (43) and total touchdowns (53) as well. Barkley is also the only player from Penn State, and one of only four in the Big Ten, to accumulate 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards during his college career. After joining the Giants, he continued to be impactful on the field, running for 5,211 yards and scoring 35 touchdowns in his career as of 2023. Barkley recently signed a contract with...

Jun 14, 2024

Justin Jefferson Is Now The Highest-Paid Wide Receiver In NFL History But Could His New Deal Open Doors For Others?

Black History Month is a significant time to celebrate the accomplishments of influential Black people and emerging changemakers. However, the month-long celebration is not large enough to highlight all the contributions Black people have made to the world, and Justin Jefferson’s new contract is proof. Jefferson, the Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, has not only broken records but also set a new standard in the NFL. According to ESPN, he recently signed a four-year, $140 million contract extension, with $110 million guaranteed. This deal not only makes him the highest-paid wide receiver ever but also the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history. The massive contract extension amounts to $35 million per year, along with a $36.9 million signing bonus, per data from Spotrac. The outlet also notes he will receive a $30 million option bonus in 2025. The deal puts an end to potential trade rumors and sets up Jefferson and the Vikings for a solid working relationship over the next few...

Jun 5, 2024

When Deion Sanders Was Drafted To The NFL In 1989, He Made Sure His Mother Never Had To Work Another Day

Deion Sanders made a pledge to himself that he would retire his mother. Sanders, born in Fort Myers, FL, was raised by his mother, Connie, who after a divorce from his dad would later marry Willie Knight when Sanders was 8 years old. Around that age, he began to play baseball and football, according to WCPO-9 News. Sanders’ greatness would be on display as a high school student attending North Fort Myers High School occupying his time in three sports as an all-state performer: football, baseball and basketball. During his collegiate years following high school, he attended Florida State University between 1985 and 1989 and became a two-time All-American in football as well as led the baseball team to the College World Series, the outlet notes. In 1989, Sanders made it to the pros, selected fifth by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round, ESPN reports. The moment was not only significant for elevating Sanders in the athletic world but it allowed him to fulfill a long-held promise to...

May 31, 2024

Black Athletes Make Up 50% Of Forbes' 2024 List Of Highest-Paid Sports Professionals

Each year, between the end of spring and the beginning of summer, several professional sports leagues host drafts, giving space to the next batch of athletic superstars who will impact their respective games for years to come. With so much excitement about a new generation of professional athletes, the focus sometimes shifts from player stats and team projections to contracts and partnership deals. But the excitement of new money is largely made possible by the athletes who have some tenure in the game. From rookie expansion contracts to lucrative business deals, athletes are continuing to level up, paving the way for what’s possible in the future. Against this backdrop, Forbes has released its highest-paid athletes list of 2024, and of the 10 players, 50% of those spots are held by Black athletes. Lebron James View this post on Instagram A post shared by 👑 (@kingjames) Lebron James is No. 4 on the list but ranks No. 1 among Black professional athletes. The 39-year-old is currently...

May 24, 2024

Rosalind Brewer, Will Packer, And More Join Atlanta Falcons' Ownership Group

The Atlanta Falcons has welcomed four limited partners. According to a press release shared with AFROTECH™, Rosalind Brewer, Will Packer, Dominique Dawes, and Rashaun Williams are now a part of the NFL team’s ownership group. The additions come after the 32 NFL majority owners reached a final vote in Nashville, TN. Ahead of the approval, Brewer, Packer, Dawes, and Williams were vetted by the Atlanta Falcons, the league office, and the NFL’s Finance Committee, the press release discloses. For Brewer, in addition to being a limited partner, she will continue to serve as an associate board director for Falcons owner Arthur M. Blank’s Family Foundation. “ As I embrace the opportunity to become a limited partner of the Atlanta Falcons, I’m reminded that true leadership extends beyond boardrooms and onto the fields where dreams are forged and communities united,” Brewer shared in a statement. “ My journey has always been about people – their stories, aspirations and the communities we...

May 22, 2024

Patrick Mahomes Ventures Into The Coffee Industry As A Lead Investor In Throne Sport Coffee

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has a new business venture to add to his ever-growing portfolio. According to Boardroom, the three-time Super Bowl champion is taking his love for coffee to higher heights as a lead investor for Throne Sport Coffee, a ready-to-drink coffee beverage company that was launched Thursday (May 16). Putting his money where his mouth is, not only did Mahomes attend a nice chunk of developmental and departmental meetings for the company, but he also had samples of the coffee sent to his home every two to four weeks in 2023 to ensure that he was able to help the Throne Sport family create a “tasty, healthy beverage with mass appeal to compete in a crowded market.” “There were a lot of samples sent and the season worked out well,” Mahomes said. “We won the Super Bowl, so it must have worked. We’ve come up with a great product, and I think people will really enjoy them throughout the entire day, not be jittery, and not be sluggish after the coffee...

May 16, 2024

How Reggie Bush Wound Up With A Returned Heisman Trophy and $25 Million In Net Worth

Reggie Bush has been all over the news in recent weeks after the Heisman Trust announced a formal reinstatement of the NFL legend ‘s long-rescinded Heisman Trophy. Bush originally earned Heisman honors in 2005 while attending USC , before having the title stripped from him in a 2010 student athlete reimbursement scandal. Now, many football fans and fellow Heisman winners alike agree that a decades-old wrong has officially been made right, with Reggie Bush expected to attend future Heisman ceremonies as an esteemed alumnus. Despite the temporary loss of his Heisman honors, Reggie Bush continued to make waves on the field with NFL teams including the Miami Dolphins , the Detroit Lions, and the San Francisco 49ers, among others. Throughout the course of his NFL career, Bush is said to have taken in over $60 million in salary alone, resulting in a net worth of $25 million in 2024, per Celebrity Net Worth . Let’s examine the life and career of Reggie Bush, and analyze the multiple...

May 6, 2024

Terry Crews Went From Sweeping Floors And Taking Loans From NFL Teammates To An Estimated $25M Fortune

With current food and gas prices at an all-time high, people are looking for ways to earn extra money and save where it counts. If there were ever a cultural figure that could show people extreme ways of saving a little coin, look no further than Julius from “Everybody Hates Chris,” played by veteran actor Terry Crews. Crews portrayed a blue-collar worker, father, and husband constantly burdened by financial stress on-screen. While many of the character’s strategies were extreme, Crews’ real-life approach to budgeting and finance is a testament to his diverse financial talents, not too far removed from his 2000s-era character. Terry Crews And His Uncanny NFL Journey Terry Crews entered the entertainment industry on a nontraditional path. After some time in college, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1991. His professional football career was unstable, as he played for six different teams across five years, including the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins, as well as...

Apr 17, 2024

Aaron Donald Is Retiring From The NFL With $60M In His Pockets

Legendary Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald recently announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 years playing at an elite professional level. The Super Bowl champion shocked football fans across the country when he announced his departure from the league during the 2024 off-season. Per CBS Sports, Donald explained “I’m burnt out, if anything. The best way to say it is that I’m full. I’m complete. I’m satisfied with what I was able to do in 10 years. I think it’s time for me, at 32-years-old, to retire from football and jump into the next step of my career and my life.” While there are no confirmed reports of Donald’s post-NFL plans , many fans will surely follow along with the former defensive player to see where he goes next. During his decade-long tenure with the NFL, Aaron Donald managed to make quite a name for himself, securing generational wealth and amassing an estimated net worth of $60 million. His financial security came from an extremely lucrative...

Mar 29, 2024

Terrell Owens Earned An Estimated $80M In The NFL But Admits He Lost It After Letting People Control His Finances — 'They Just Basically Stole From Me'

One common argument among sports fans is the GOAT (greatest of all time) conversation. When it comes to the NFL, one of the consistent names that comes to mind is former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. However, top-performing players do not start and stop with the leading position. They need wide receivers to throw to, and you can’t ignore Terrell Owens when looking down the history of top-performing athletes at that position. The NFL lists Owens as the No. 6 greatest wide receiver of all time. He had 1,078 receptions, 15,934 yards, and 153 touchdowns during his professional football career. While his high-performing career did not yield him a Super Bowl championship, he was inducted as a 2018 Football Hall of Fame class member. View this post on Instagram A post shared by NFL (@nfl) Terrell Owens, a father of five, had an estimated net worth of $80 million from the height of his career, with most of his earnings coming from on-field play totaling nearly $80 million,...

Mar 21, 2024

These 10 Black Athletes Dominate As Professional Team Owners While Remaining Active In Their Respective Sports

For years, there was a disconnect between the representation of athletes playing on the field or courts and those who made the big decisions for the sports industry. As time evolves, more and more Black athletes continue to dominate the world of sports, particularly in the NBA and NFL. According to data from Statista, Black athletes make up over 70% of active NBA players during the 2023 season. For the NFL, Statista further reports that a bit more than 56% of players in 2022 were Black athletes. Although the percentage of Black players is disproportionately lower in other major sports leagues such as the MLB (6.2%) or the NHL (less than 5%), the push and impact of Black players can be felt across the entire sports landscape. The increased diversification throughout sports as an industry, some would argue, necessitated the need for more decision-makers in executive roles — primarily team ownership. In 2002, the barrier was broken as the founder of BET, Robert “Bob” Johnson, became...

Jan 4, 2024

Cam Newton Says He Made Over $1M After Reportedly Investing $250K In UFC

In 2011, Cam Newton hit the football scene running as the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft that year. As previously shared by AFROTECH, the former Carolina Panthers quarterback signed a four-year $22 million contract during his rookie season with the team. What’s more, he had a signing bonus of more than $14 million. Newton previously described the period as providing “the most money that I’ve ever seen.”

Dec 18, 2023

Kevin Hart's Gran Coramino Tequila Inks A Multi-Year Partnership With The Philadelphia Eagles

Kevin Hart’s tequila brand is making its debut in the National Football League (NFL).

Sep 14, 2023