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Mom’s helping handle the money so Tavon Austin can concentrate on football

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Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins said recently that he hopes rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin surrounds himself with good people so that he can focus on becoming the “very special” player that Jenkins believes Austin can become.

Austin talked about feeling like people were “counting his bank account” after being drafted in the first round in April and told Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network that he’s going to have his mother serve as “the bad man” when it comes to telling people looking for money that they can’t have any of it. That will free Austin to concentrate on his role as one of quarterback Sam Bradford’s “new toys” on offense.

“He looked for me a lot at practice,” Austin said. “He definitely believes in me and I definitely feel good about myself. He kind of talked to me, let me know the things I’m doing good, the things I’m doing bad as far as landmarks, if I should have kept the corner high or should I bend it off. I definitely believe he got a lot of trust in me and I got trust in him.”

It’s a whole little circle of trust going on in St. Louis as Austin’s trusting his mother to help him off the field so that he can continue earning Bradford’s on offense. If the result is the gamebreaking offensive weapon that the Rams traded up to get in April, the NFC West is going to be even more interesting next season.

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30 Responses to “Mom’s helping handle the money so Tavon Austin can concentrate on football”
  1. hehateme2 says: Jul 5, 2013 10:33 AM

    He’ll need to hold onto it. His build will not last long in the NFL.

  2. ctiggs says: Jul 5, 2013 10:35 AM

    No matter what you do in this world, there will always be leeches after you.

  3. tenotnamedmiller says: Jul 5, 2013 10:36 AM

    30 for 30: Moms handling players’ money.

  4. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jul 5, 2013 10:38 AM

    Is his mom going to make sure he doesn’t get jammed at the line also?

  5. bucforever says: Jul 5, 2013 10:45 AM

    If you can’t trust mom to keep you grounded, then who can you trust?

  6. tramonisland says: Jul 5, 2013 10:53 AM

    The fact that he continues to talk about money so much is a really bad sign.

  7. packerbackernj says: Jul 5, 2013 11:00 AM

    Good for him. I would have done the same exact thing if i was handed millions when i was 20. Momma’s don’t play games.

  8. kd75 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:07 AM

    Dude…Good move. Momma can shut people up. She will just give them The Hand. “No soup for you!”

    Hopefully she knows commas from decimal points on her keyboard while she’s doing the accounting.

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 5, 2013 11:10 AM

    Tavon, it’s never good to mix business with personal, even good ole Mom. Therefore, I’ll offer my services to watch your money for you.

  10. thejuddstir says: Jul 5, 2013 11:17 AM

    Justin Blackmon and Dez Bryant’s mothers would like to take care of their son’s money too.

  11. floratiotime says: Jul 5, 2013 11:19 AM

    Famous last words of a future penniless athlete.

  12. runtheball says: Jul 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    I hope she is more financially esponsible than Sean Taylor’s mom.

  13. jayniner says: Jul 5, 2013 11:30 AM

    Laugh all you want at his mom helping with his finances but I can think a few players who could have used their moms help….

    Vince Young
    T.O
    Michael Vick
    Travis Henry
    “Rocket” Ismail
    Warren Sapp
    Mark Brunell
    Mushin Muhammad
    Deuce McAllister

    ….and the list goes on.

  14. ripster65 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:35 AM

    Poor kid. I think we all know how this turns out.

  15. buddysguys says: Jul 5, 2013 11:41 AM

    i bet in 3 years PFT has an article about how his mom spent all his money and gave it away to all his family.

  16. peytonsneck18 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:45 AM

    Gary Coleman also let his mom handle his money too…….disastrous! !!

  17. petehemlock says: Jul 5, 2013 12:27 PM

    It worked well for McCauley Culkin so why not?

  18. delshofner says: Jul 5, 2013 12:30 PM

    The only way that could go wrong is … immediately!

  19. whoisedgy says: Jul 5, 2013 12:31 PM

    Bernie Kosar’s dad handled his cash.

  20. bennyb82 says: Jul 5, 2013 12:32 PM

    On the surface, this might seem like a good idea…but this has more potential to go wrong than if an accountant was doing it.

  21. shogunassasin30 says: Jul 5, 2013 1:06 PM

    Yeah she’ll be handling his money alright. With a new house, and trips to Costa Rica

  22. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 5, 2013 1:35 PM

    Can I offer a suggestion? Call me mom!

  23. jdphx says: Jul 5, 2013 2:04 PM

    And what experience does she have with large
    amounts of money???

    This will end well…

  24. nesuperfan says: Jul 5, 2013 2:11 PM

    Kobe’s mom: “High five sister! Yeah!!”

  25. hatesycophants says: Jul 5, 2013 2:27 PM

    @delshofner,

    Very funny post! Well done.

  26. dumbhobby says: Jul 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    You can afford an accountant while working in the nfl, don’t let family do the job.

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 5, 2013 3:34 PM

    Momma Austin was last seen in Aruba, buying drinks for the beach boys.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 5, 2013 3:56 PM

    Not sure this is a good plan Tavon. Don’t want to have to confront mom one day on missing money and cause hard feelings. Better hire someone who other players can recommend and check out their history too.

  29. michaeljacksonisback says: Jul 5, 2013 4:54 PM

    Ah no, he said his mother will be the one telling people no. Most Rams players use a financial advisor and are required to take management classes. Look out NFC west. Don’t sleep on this team or you get beat up like RG3, the cheathawks and 49ers did.

  30. akismet-4502817fca46d6c403fa320b83bb8363 says: Jul 20, 2013 6:55 AM

    Trust is essential when dealing with so much money. If he cannot trust a financial adviser then I guess his Mom will have to do. But I would want to know her track record with Money first….

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