Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley blasts individuals who “have never had money”…
A majority of NFL players did not grow up within the lifestyle they are now capable of providing for their own families. By his own account, Carolina Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley is one such instance. Many others also came from bad situations but have earned a way to make a living with their talents.
Many fans see these players’ execution on Sunday and forget that behind every facemask and underneath every set of pads is a regular human being. Family issues, illness, stress, addictions, all can effect each and every one of them just as it may anyone who is sitting in the seats or watching from their home.
Even though they may not punch a clock, players go to work every day like most of America – even in the offseason. Playing any sport at the highest level requires preparation and a commitment around the calendar, not just August to December. This is especially true in the NFL where many players are regularly replaced and only a select few maintain their prime performance levels over an extended period of time.
Still, players should appreciate their opportunity and realize that while human, most are paid considerably more than any of the fans who support what they do. Worley, recently took to Twitter to express his thoughts about these “people who have never had money”.
First, not everyone who has never had money believes that financial stability is the cure to all problems. In fact, knowing that money cannot buy happiness is important for anyone in life, poor or otherwise. It’s also a bit extreme to say that having money makes “EVERYTHING worst”.
Worley received little flack for his comment on social media and was offered a lot of support. Teammate Shaq Thompson even chimed in with his comments on the statement.
Worley is entering the third year of his initial four-year contract after being drafted in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. His average yearly income for each of those four years will be $809,421 including a guaranteed $783,684 signing bonus.
In competition for playing time during most of the season, his role opposite James Bradberry appeared to be revived down the stretch with improved play. A new defensive coordinator and upcoming NFL Draft could change things but for now, Worley is expected to remain the starter.
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After two more seasons, it is likely he will see a significant pay increase as many players do following their rookie deals while the average American earns $44,564 per year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Regardless of the difficulties, an average individual would have to work 18 years in order to accumulate what Worley averages in one. Worley’s entire four year contract was for just above $3 million or over 72 years of working for the average citizen.
A lifetime of money, earned in just four years. If having money makes everything worse, there are plenty of organizations available to which Worley can donate in an effort to reduce his own income.
In fact, less an average deduction of $764,857 a year would bring Worley down to the median income of everyone else.