Team Frugal: Marcellus Wiley

Being Frugal is more than being stingy with your money. Being frugal means you are prudent, smart, and economical with your finances and career decisions. Every Tuesday we share athletes that exemplify what it means to be A Frugal Athlete

“The ending is never how you plan it.” Every athlete thinks they are invincible and will play until they decide to retire.  Unfortunately for many that is not the case. 

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For Marcellus Wiley, whom you may know as a host for Espn’s SportsNation, thinking about the transition while you are playing can make all the difference in how you springboard into the next phase of your life. 

Marcellus Wiley was a 10 year NFL defensive lineman who played for a number of teams. Growing up in the tough streets of Compton he   graduated from top Ivy league school Columbia and had a prosperous career in the NFL that he converted into a career in sports media. 

Marcellus Wiley pinpoints key concepts to help athletes transition out of one’s athletic career. Understanding your identity, not boxing yourself in to just an athlete, and focusing on broader horizons.

Wiley brings up fantastic points that will help anyone succeed in transitioning to the next phase of one’s life. Ultimately, you need to understand yourself. What passions, skills, and interests do you have? Sports are ultimately going to end no matter how long you plan on playing, so what’s your end game? How are you going to use your sport instead of letting the sport use you? 

Marcus Wiley was able to recognize his interests and not suffer from losing his identity in his post career. He currently serves a media host for ESPN. Working both on tv and radio. He also has other business interests including motivational speaking and different community engagements in his hometown. 

Marcus Wiley is a great example of what it means to be a frugal athlete and how making prudent decisions during your career can help in the long term.