Jared Allen said after the NFL draft that he was appalled to see how many players have already spent huge sums of money on jewelry, before they’ve earned an NFL paycheck.
Allen would like Titans rookie Jamie Harper.
Harper, a fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson, told Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times that he’s living with his family in Jacksonville until the lockout ends, meaning he’s one of 10 people sharing a three-bedroom trailer. And he scoffs at the idea that he needs to get a nice car now that he’s a professional football player.
“I’ve never had a car, and I still don’t,” Harper said. “If I can’t catch a ride somewhere, I’ll get up and walk. . . . Everybody asks me what’s my first car going to be; that’s usually the first thing guys get. But I’m not in too much of a rush to get something I’ve never had before.”
Harper has bought into the advice of the great football philosopher Jerry Glanville in approaching his career.
“Everybody knows the NFL stands for Not For Long,” he said. “The average career is like 3½ years. That money goes out as fast as it comes in.”
The money goes out as fast as it comes in for many players. But it won’t for Harper.