the nfl and iou:

10 debt lessons you can learn from football players

In the 1990s, football was my life. I was a placekicker. For my second career, I chose a profession I already had some experience with – personal finance.

My years in the NFL taught me almost as much about staying out of debt as my subsequent career as president of So let’s kick off 10 Debt Lessons You Can Learn from Football Players.

If you really want to run up the lead on your emergency fund, ask your boss or your Human Resources Department if they’ll help you.

Recruit a New Teammate

Keeping a budget these days takes only a few minutes a day. You don’t use a pencil and paper. You use your phone or computer.

Shorten the Field with Technology

These can really sack your finances: Job loss, Divorce, Natural disaster, Serious accident and Heath crisis. If any strikes, your entire life can fall apart.

Prepare for the Trick Plays of Life

Your credit score is based on your credit reports. These are detailed records of everything you’ve borrowed and paid back (or haven’t paid back).

Check Your Credit Reports