Listen: Christian Wilkins, NFL And Wall Street Journal discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
"Start with this. He was on a full athletic scholarship, which is of course, extremely helpful. However, that doesn't necessarily cover everything every cost, you know, things like blame tickets, and so on all the other incidental expenses that college as we know can consume. So that certainly was a big help an NCAA rule change from several years. Ago that allowed schools to start adding what they call the cost of attendance to an athletic scholarship. I think really helped him as well. And that varies from school the school, depending on the cost of living in the given area. But at Clinton for for instance, each a fulltime student athlete, I'm full scholarship. On the football team gets about fifteen hundred dollars a month in attendance room and board. So they can use that to pay rent, and, you know, pay for meals things like that. And you know, plane tickets all the other things so he started with that. And then he just simply tried to spend a little money as he could he got a three hundred dollar apartment, which is much easier rural Carolina than say at UCLA and spent most of his time at the football practice facility, which has locker room sourse said even brushed his teeth there they provide meals for players to snacks things like that. So he really spent little time as possible at this apartment that was already very cheap. That's amazing. We're speaking with Wall Street Journal, sportswriter, Rachel Bachmann. She's got a great story and settled the most frugal player in the NFL draft and it's Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins. I love the way you open the story about how he he makes his own lemonade for free even at a restaurant. Restaurant. He was talking about tricky uses to keep his costs down. And then he said one of his few weaknesses is food. You know, he is six three and weighs more pounds. She can imagine. He eats Fairmount. But yeah, the restaurant he says he instead of ordering a lemonade, which, you know, of course, might be a few bucks. He orders water, and then successes of lemon squeeze those in there and then take packets ad, and he's got his own lemonade that he didn't have to pay for. What what's he gonna do? Because as you point out. He could wind up earning what ten to twenty million depending on where he goes. That's a big check he might suddenly encounter. You know? His I paid in the NFL how how would a guy who so frugal even manage that kind of money when it lands in his Bank account. Yeah. He he is in for a huge windfall is a lot of these guys who are projected picks are. He hasn't set a specific budget yet. Because of course, if he lands in Jacksonville has cost of living can be very different than if it lands in New York. So he wasn't ready to set a specific budget. But he did say he admired another former NFL player. This guy named Ryan boils who lived on five thousand dollars a month while he was in the NFL, and he was only in the league for a few years. But he, you know, of course, recognize boils dead that you know, if he was injured the next day, he would have a very hard time kind of money. He did the NFL immediately. And so Christian mentioned him as someone who he admired. So that might be something. He does obviously it's going to be a little more expensive to live on his own off of a college campus without a scholarship, but I sense that because he's stuck to this regimen for several years he will here to some kind of for an NFL player fairly strict spending plan and then just make decisions as they come up. Rachel, Wall Street Journal, sportswriter, Rachel Bachman. It's twelve minutes.."