Check out this infographic that outlines some surprising facts about professional athletes and the divorces that many of them go through. Among the most interesting points:
- 60% to 80% of NFL marriages end in divorce (significantly higher than the 50% national average)
- Two years after retirement 78% of NFL players are either bankrupt, jobless or divorced
- Michael Jordan’s wife got $168 million in their divorce settlement
There are so many stories of big name professional athletes going broke that I shouldn’t be surprised, but it is still hard to comprehend how so many athletes end up in the poorhouse when their playing days end. You would think the players themselves (as well as their financial advisers) would plan a little better. Take a look and comment below with your thoughts.
Here is a related article on this site about statistics concerning “regular people” and divorce.