Professional athletes are big stars on the field and usually big spenders off it. One thing professional athletes are known to flaunt is their luxury vehicle. However, not all professional athletes are looking to buy the most expensive car on the market. Despite the large paychecks, some athletes are quite modest with the vehicles they use on a day-to-day basis. Here is a list of 5 millionaire athletes who drive unbelievably practical cars.
1. Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard is many things: 2x NBA champion, 2x Finals MVP, 4x NBA All-Star, and 2x Defensive Players of the Year recipient. However, one thing that Kawhi Leonard does not have is an expensive supercar. Leonard drives around a 20-year-old Chevy Tahoe that he likes to call “gas guzzler.”
Leonard’s modest vehicle is quite surprising, considering he has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA. He signed a whopping 103 million dollar three-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2019. It is safe to say Leonard could afford any vehicle he desired. However, his 20-year-old Tahoe is the testament to Leonard’s humbleness and frugality.
2. Kirk Cousins
NFL quarterbacks are notorious for making by far the most amount of than any other players in the league. Kirk Cousins is proof of that claim. In 2018, he signed a then record-breaking three-year 84 million dollar contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Despite the record-breaking deal, Cousins drives a dented GMC Savana that he bought for 5,000 dollars.
Now, there is a reason for Cousin’s frugality. For instance, he bought the car from his grandma in 2014, so he was trying to help out his family. Likewise, in a Wall Street interview, Cousins stated that he does not like buying depreciating items. And items like cars depreciate significantly as soon as you drive them off the lot. So his decision is strictly financial.
3. Alfred Morris
Alfred Morris is a veteran running back in the NFL who has played for such as the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, and the Arizona Cardinals. Throughout his NFL careers, Morris has made headlines for himself for carving up defenses with his running ability as well as the car he drives. Many players around the league know that Morris drives a 1991 Mazda 626.
While playing at Florida Atlantic University, he bought the car for two dollars from his pastor. It was the first car Morris ever bought. And as it would turn out, it was the only car he ever needed to buy. Nicknamed “Bentley,” Morris has been driving the same car ever since the purchase and was refurbished only once in 2013.
4. Daniel Norris
Like the NFL quarterback, the pitcher is the bread and butter to an MLB franchise. As such, their compensation generally sets them up for life. Daniel Norris signed a near three million dollar with the Detroit Lions in 2020. Despite the money, Norris lives a very unconventional lifestyle for an MLB pitcher.
During the offseason, Norris lives in his 1978 Volkswagen. Nicknamed “Shaggy,” Norris likes to travel the country in his trusty Volkswagen. Described as a nonconformist and minimalist, the ’78 Volkswagen is perfect for Norris’ lifestyle.
5. Mitchell Trubisky
Last on our list is another NFL quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky. Selected second overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, you could expect Trubisky’s signing bonus was enough to set him up for a lifetime. Despite the money, Trubisky drives a 1997 Toyota Camry.
Now you would expect any professional athlete to ditch their 20-year-old Camry as soon as they made it pro. However, Trubisky’s grandmother bought him the Camry, so it means a little more to him than just another car. You got to respect Trubisky’s decision to keep the Camry, despite signing a $29 million contract.
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