Robert Meachem hopes to revive NFL career at Tennessee Pro Day

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Pro Day workouts are primarily for college players who are entering this year’s NFL draft, but occasionally players who attended the school in years past and hope to get picked up as free agents show up as well. It’s rare, however, for a 32-year-old NFL veteran to work out at a Pro Day.

At Tennessee’s Pro Day today, however, the 32-year-old wide receiver Robert Meachem will be there.

Meachem spent time in jail last month for failing to pay child support and alimony, and he needs the money an NFL paycheck could provide. He’d surely sign with any team that would give him a chance at making the roster.

But it’s unlikely he’ll end up on a roster this season. He’ll turn 33 in September and the last time he played, in 2014, he managed only seven catches on the season. Meachem wants to kick-start his career, but it’s probably too late.

19 responses to “Robert Meachem hopes to revive NFL career at Tennessee Pro Day

  1. He’s another in the long line of NFL players who squandered all the money he made and wants to play again so he can get some money.
    No team should even think about signing him. He’s a dead beat dad who isn’t worth a damn.

  2. He’s a dead beat dad who isn’t worth a damn.

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    I don’t know about this. Somehow he accrued almost $400K in child support for 2 kids since 2014. And he was only making $855K per year at that point. The facts of this case are not as clear as you may think.

    That said, yeah he’s done. Nothing left in the tank.

  3. Not just Meacham, but players really need to be reminded over and over again about the consequences of unprotected sex. Baby mama(s) will ruin you financially. This is an 18 year mistake.

  4. “He’s another in the long line of NFL players who squandered all the money they made”.

    Why does this bother you? The fact that some NFL players squander their money doesn’t make you a better person.

  5. Follow up, owed $600K for 2 years of child support & ALIMONY. Key word there. And they share custody. How much does it cost to support 2 kids 50-75% of the time? Paid $200K of that & couldn’t come up with the other $400K by the deadline so his ex-wife’s attorneys pushed for him to be jailed. The man paid her $200K, not quite a deadbeat.

  6. Not just Meacham, but players really need to be reminded over and over again about the consequences of unprotected sex. Baby mama(s) will ruin you financially. This is an 18 year mistake.
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    It was his wife dude. They had 2 kids together. Not like he’s Cromartie.

  7. Sad how over the years the court system has really stuck it to the Fathers with bloated child support. I’ve heard in some cases for these pro players being up to six figures a month ! How is that reasonable or even fair to give that kind of money to the mother. What child needs a six figure income to ” survive ” Housing, clothes, food, education, basic necessities, how does that figure to be 50k-100k per month !

  8. “Meachem spent time in jail last month for failing to pay child support and alimony, and he needs the money an NFL paycheck could provide.”

    One of the problems with the divorce system is they set huge alimony and child support payments based on NFL pay, but then its very difficult to get those number adjusted to more sane levels once a player is out of the league.

    Or for that matter any person who is wealthy when the numbers are set and then loses that income. It can take years to get an adjustment to lower amounts.

  9. “This is an 18 year mistake”.

    Aren’t you a wonderful human being, devaluing a child’s life? I’m sure that your children are thrilled to find out what you think of them.

  10. Good for you for trying. And for those of you calling him a dead beat dad? He did more with $200k than some of you do with kids living in your homes. The laws on divorce are not fair in this country, and I can’t fault a guy for trying to revive the dream, for whatever reason.

    BTW? Avg yearly income in the US is about $55k. Tell me how is a deadbeat again?

  11. There is a story here. It is not the story of a 32 year old NFL receiver trying to revitalize his career, it’s the story of a man who has had every nickel taken from him by an ex-wife. Sure, he needs to be responsible for reasonable child support payments, but the man has basically been unemployed for the last two years. How can he be expected to pay alimony on top of child support when he has NO JOB? Maybe his ex-wife should be paying him some money now since I am sure she lived really well off of his millions when he was a full-time football player.

    Sounds like a perfect 30 for 30 episode.

    I was at that game Mr. Meachem, you flat out took that ball away from that Washington player. That was true grit. Good luck in Tennessee.!

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