Professional athletes are often targeted by people who want to take advantage of their good fortune. Family, friends and strangers all gravitate to them with their hands out. It is hard to say no and it is very easy to trust people you have known all your life over business professionals you just met.
That’s why the National Football League Players Association started its Registered Player Financial Advisor program 10 years ago. It wanted to ensure that its athletes were not being taken advantage of and had someone with a good reputation helping them plan for their futures, pay their bills and save for retirement.
Injuries (such as the Rams' Rodger Stafford) can shorten an NFL career, which only last 3.5 years on average (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)