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« The NFL Life

I answer questions from some readers

By Nick Eason (Contact)


Published August 19, 2008

First of all I just wanted to answer a few questions that were submitted by readers.

Question:

"Nick, I'm sure there are a lot of things the public does not know about being a pro athlete. For one, how does (any) pro player get paid during the season? Direct deposit, thru an agent, by check? Thanks.”


To answer your question DSMCKAY, every NFL team pays their players different ways. Some teams distribute paychecks weekly, others bi-weekly. Some teams have an option for direct deposit. Players do have an option for money to be direct deposited to different accounts of their choice.

We only get paid during the regular season. 16 weeks. So for example, if a player is being paid $800,000 for the 2008 season, he will receive those funds during that period of time.

Most players don’t get paid during the off-season unless specified in their contract. All player contracts are structured differently.

I have not heard of an agent directly receiving a player’s paycheck, but I’m sure it has happened before.  

Question:
When traveling out of town, how do meals and meal money work?

For home games, meals and hotel rooms are paid for by the team. For away games, they provide a per diem for every player, and they also provide meals (breakfast, lunch, pre-game meal).

Question:
Did you get to see much of Toronto?

To answer your question, SteelerGirl, no I didn’t. We generally don’t have much time to sightsee. We have only about four hours of free time. And I usually just rest during that period of time. Some players go out to eat at different restaurants. But I just chill.


Comments

1DSMCKAY(4 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

NICK,
Thanks for answering my previous questions. Here's another one. In college, in general, not specifically Clemson, is there such a thing as a "student/athlete"? Aren't you there to play ball (or whatever sport)? Do you feel
that "student/athletes" should be paid while in school?
I've not been a Steelers fan before (Brown's for me) but I am now a Nick Eason fan. Thanks for your time.

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2DAVE(23 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

NICK,

HOW WIDESPREAD IS STEROID USE IN COLLEGE, EITHER ON YOUR TEAM OR ON YOUR OPPONENTS?

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3JMamo121(14 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Nick,
From a team togetherness perspective, how do the Steelers compare to the Browns? Also, how does Mike Tomlin differ from Romeo Crennel in his relationship with players?

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4Zack_of_Steel(1 comment)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Nick, I'd just like to start by saying that I thank you for your dedicated blog posts. I have really enjoyed reading them and the messages and stories you provide. Also, I have a few questions:

- Who, on the team, would you say you're closest to?

- Is Coach Tomlin an extremely intense and intimidating guy or does he just appear that way? (Well, he appears that way to me. I can't speak for the rest of Steeler Nation)

- As a young football player myself, what kind of advice would you stress the most?

Thanks for your time,
Zack Grantzinger

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5iwilcox(3 comments)posted 6 years, 3 months ago

Is your weight really 305? You really look larger

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