Team Frugal: Rennie Curran
Being frugal is about more than being stingy with your money. It means being prudent, smart and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday, we share profiles of athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete.
True character is revealed in how you respond to adversity. How would you respond growing up and playing the sport you love, receiving accolades throughout your whole career, leaving school early to get picked in the 2nd round of the NFL, starting over half the games your rookie year to getting cut due to coaching changes and other issues in your second year? How would you handle that blow to your career?
Rennie Curran, former NFL and CFL player, had high hopes for his career but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. While, Curran could have sulked and spent his career earnings, he built quite a second career.
Rennie Curran is a speaker, author, certified personal development coach, and board member among other things. Curran was always prudent with his career. When he left school early to pursue his NFL career, he agreed to a written contract with his mother that he would finish school. He ultimately finished school and wrote a book, “Free Agent” which talks about the highs and lows of a professional career and ability to overcome adversity. Now in his second career, he works trying to help fellow athletes and other individuals develop their qualities to optimal performance.
Curran is a great example of being able to take a setback and turn it into a springboard to a great career. Curran used his brand and experiences and built his own platform. No matter what happens during your career or how long your career is, you should be prepared for life after sports.