Some NFL players are notorious for living lavish lifestyles.
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Brock Purdy, captain of one of the league’s only two remaining undefeated teams, is not one of them. He told NBC’s “TODAY” last week that he splits the rent with his offensive linemen teammates and drives a Toyota Sequoia SUV. Purdy said his life off the field is “very simple.”
Purdy is a second-year professional player who is currently fulfilling his rookie contract: he is the final pick of the 2022 NFL Draft and his salary this year is $870,000. For most, that’s a high number, but NFL careers are notoriously short, and Purdy experienced what could easily be a career-ending torn elbow ligament in last year’s playoffs. Injuries.
San Francisco is also an expensive place to live. Its cost of living is the third-highest in the United States, which may have contributed to Purdy’s desire to have a roommate. According to Zillow, the median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,993, which is 137% higher than the national median.
Purdy’s car may not be cheap. Sequoias are typically the most expensive SUVs in Toyota’s lineup, with prices starting at $73,465 for the new 2024 model year. It’s not a million-dollar sports car, though, and it’s unclear what year Purdy’s car was manufactured or whether it was purchased new or used.
Some professional athletes are notorious for scrimping on their paychecks. Retired NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski, a likely future Hall of Famer, has earned approximately $70.63 million in game-day wages during his post-retirement career. During his playing days, he relied on endorsement fees to survive.
“The whole purpose of saving my entire NFL career was to save after the football game was over, because you don’t know how long the football game is going to last,” Gronkowski told CNBC Make It in 2020.
National Basketball Association star Kawhi Leonard told Sports Illustrated in 2016 that despite earning more than $16 million while playing for the San Antonio Spurs that year, he still drove his 20-year-old car from high school. SUV.
In baseball, New York Yankees star pitcher Gerrit Cole is continuing to drive his 2006 Toyota Tacoma truck after signing a $324 million contract, and for one simple reason: It’s still valid, and he’s in 2021 Year told NJ.com.
Purdy is expected to get a raise once his four-year rookie deal is up: He took the starting job with the 49ers late last year and hasn’t given it up since. According to Make It’s analysis of Over the Cap data, the average annual salary for starting quarterbacks currently on non-rookie contracts is $38.06 million.
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