Product Of Your Environment

How Your Teammates Can Make All The Difference In Your Financial Aspirations

Have you ever heard the saying “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” or “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you about yourself” ? Both these quotes reflect how one becomes a product of their environment.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Hakeem Valles, a former NFL player, about the difference a locker room makes when it comes to being diligent with finances. It’s a perfect example of Iron Sharpens Irons, not just on the field but off the field as well. A locker room full of people willing to share knowledge and spread wealth can only serve as a positive for the individuals within that locker room. When we spoke with Hakeem about his time with the Detroit Lions, he started listing a number of different players that were doing amazing things from a frugal athlete perspective. It got us thinking of other teams that exemplify this environment.

Detroit Lions

A list of players that have or currently played for Detroit concurrently

Hakeem Valles-Real Estate Investor and Public Speaker

Jeff Locke- Financial Coach/Mentor and Investor

Brandon Copeland- Financial Literacy Teacher and Investor

Devon Kennard- Investor and Brand Ambassador

Glover Quin - Known for saving over 60% of his income during his playing career and Investor

Jamal Agnew- Using NFL Salary to pay off student loans in a strategic matter to build personal credit for future business ventures

Tahir Whitehead- Real Estate Investor

Don Carey III- Author, CEO, Real Estate Investor

Former Head Coach Jim Caldwell- Real Estate Investor


Imagine being in a locker room with these players and instead of talking about the latest jewelry piece you got or the peer pressure of living up to different spending habits you are learning different tricks of the trade when it comes to building your financial portfolio. Here are more examples of players being products of their environment which have led to being a part of their success off the field.

San Francisco 49ers

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The late 80s and early 90s were dominated by the San Francisco 49ers. Little did we know that those players weren’t just dominating on the field but off the field as well. Being in Silicon Valley before it got it’s famous nickname came with some perks…

Joe Montana- Businessman, Managing Partner with VC firm

Ronnie Lott- Managing Partner with VC Firm

Steve Young- Lawyer, Sports Analyst, and VC Investor

Golden State Warriors

Another dynasty that has taken advantage of location to make moves with financial interests. In fact, Draymond Green speaks on how the locker room creates competition with money moves.

In an interview with CNBC, Draymond stated,

“We all talk about the investments that we have and how they’re doing and some of the start-ups we’re trying to get into,” he told Carter. “It’s known that KD [Kevin Durant] is in Postmates, so he kind of flexes his muscles on Postmates right now. It’s some good, fun competition, and I think it’s great to keep pushing guys in the right direction.”

Steph Curry- Cofounder, Investor, Director, Ambassador

Kevin Durant- Media Founder, Venture Fund Partner, Philanthropist

Draymond Green- Investor, Partner