There are some similarities between Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. Both have unique personalities that have made them popular spokesmen for various companies. They also both “retired” and sat out a season before returning to the NFL — for different teams than they previously played for.
Those aren’t the only similarities between the players, but one of the other traits they have in common isn’t as obvious as those. And that is that Lynch and Gronk have a similar philosophy in terms of saving money — and they’re inspiring Saquon Barkley to follow suit.
Rob Gronkowski’s NFL career
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According to Spotrac, Gronk has earned nearly $60 million in his career that has seen him become one of the best tight ends in league history. In nine seasons with the Patriots, he caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 games.
Those numbers would be more impressive if he was healthier, as his inability to stay on the field is the biggest knock against him — he hasn’t played in all 16 games in a season since 2011.
Still, he is a five-time Pro Bowler and a three-time Super Bowl champ who is looking to add a fourth Super Bowl ring as he rejoins Tom Brady with the Buccaneers.
Marshawn Lynch’s NFL career
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According to Spotrac, Lynch has more than $56 million in career earnings in the league, though he is currently a free agent heading into the 2020 season, if he decides to return to the league.
He has played 13 seasons in the league, with the Bills, Seahawks, and the Raiders. In 149 games, he has carried the ball 2,453 times for 10,413 yards and 85 touchdowns. He also has 287 receptions for 2,214 yards and nine touchdowns through the air.
Lynch surpassed 1,000 rushing yards six times in his career, including a career-high 1,590 yards in 2012. He had four straight seasons of double-digit rushing touchdowns from 2011-2014, which culminated in a career-best 13 in 2014.
He led the NFL in rushing scores in both 2013 and 2014. The 12th overall pick in the 2007 draft, Lynch is a five-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion with the Seahawks.
Rob Gronkowski and Marshawn Lynch’s strategy for saving money
Public perception of both Gronk and Lynch is that they don’t take things too seriously and have playful personalities. That’s not the case when it comes to finances, though. Gronk and Lynch have a similar strategy when it comes to the money they have earned in the NFL.
ABC 7 New York reports that Gronk and Lynch have both made an effort to not spend their NFL salaries. Instead, they save those millions of dollars and instead spend their other income, which mainly includes their endorsement money. And that financial formula rubs off on other players.
The two veterans are known within the league for not spending their football money, and they have inspired younger players to do the same. Among those younger players inspired by Gronk and Lynch is Saquon Barkley.
Saquon Barkley follows their footsteps
Barkley has said that when he realized he was going to be drafted as high as he was — he was the second overall pick in 2018 — he decided that he wanted to follow the example set by Lynch and not touch the money from his football contracts.
He wants to invest it and learn as he invests it. Like Gronk and Lynch, Barkley wants to only touch his endorsement money. His first major purchase after being drafted was buying a house for family, fulfilling a promise he made to his mom since he was young.
He bought the 3,400-square-foot home from the money he made from several major endorsement deals his team of representatives has helped him secure. It’s safe to say that Gronk and Lynch are paving the way for future NFL players to have a more secure income.
-All stat courtesy of Pro Football Reference