Unexpected Cars of Football Stars

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NFL players are among the highest-paid professional athletes, so naturally we expect them to have some amazing cars. But what’s even more amazing is that some players have cars are that are, well, refreshingly normal. Check out our list of some notable football stars and their notably regular cars.

Antonio Cromartie, free agent – Toyota Prius

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Antonio Cromartie was once famous for conspicuous consumption. During his first two years as an NFL cornerback, Cromartie managed to spend $5 million on cars, vacations, homes, and jewelry before taking a step back and realizing he was on a potentially hazardous financial path. Since then, he has started driving a Toyota Prius and living a much more frugal life, giving him the means to provide for his 14 children.

Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins – Nissan 350Z

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Terrelle Pryor made some waves in the NCAA when he showed up to an Ohio State players’ meeting in a black Nissan 350Z back in 2011, but even then it was considered a bit obsolete as Nissan stopped making the car in 2009. Despite the age of the car, it thrust Pryor and the rest of the Ohio State team into the spotlight as the governing body looked into improper gifts, leading to the resignation of head coach Jim Tressel. While it’s unknown whether or not he still has the car, the 350Z is certainly a fun, yet incognito choice for any NFL player.

Ndamukong Suh, Miami Dolphins – Chrysler 300

Ndamukong Suh has been seen driving around his fairly normal Chrysler 300 after appearing in a commercial for the brand where he returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon. The Chrysler 300 is certainly be a nice car at higher trim levels, but it is definitely in the category of “regular” with a price tag of about $40,000, especially compared to some of his peers. Suh had a close relationship with Chrysler, and the company sponsors his football camps, so it’s likely he’s held on to the car.

Chad Johnson (Chad Ochocinco) – smart fortwo

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Chad Johnson, better known as Chad Ochocinco when he played for the NFL, currently drives a smart fortwo that has been customized to his liking. The tiny two-seater now has a matte-black paint job, aftermarket wheels, and a new body kit, which ended up costing Johnson an extra $25,000 on top of the $18,000 price tag for a standard fortwo. Despite the high cost of customization, Johnson’s fortwo cost him peanuts compared to some of his other rides, like a not-so-regular $350,000 Lamborghini Aventador.

Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys – 1991 Mazda 626

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The story of Alfred Morris’ 1991 Mazda 626, known as “The Bentley,” is actually quite heartwarming. Despite the fact that this year he made a guaranteed base salary of $1.2 million, he still drives the same car that he bought from his pastor for $2.00 back when he was in college. After he was drafted by the Redskins, Mazda reached out to Morris and offered to fully restore the car to better-than-new condition. Mazda stripped the car down to its frame and reassembled it with a new interior, engine, and suspension, and even installed a modern GPS unit. Morris still drives his 626, saying that, “It just keeps me grounded, where I came from and all the hard work for me to get to this point.” See what we mean? Refreshingly normal!

Photos by: Jeffrey Beall, Robin Corpsmariordo59, Keith Allison (2, 3, 4, 5), Karoly Lorentey

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