Whatcha Talking About Willis?

whackamoleWhack-a-mole is a fun game to play at an arcade or at a carnival. We sometimes play it at the office.

From time to time, a certain mythical statistic pops up on TV with no basis in fact. It’s time to whack it down again.

A national media organization recently regurgitated the fantastical assertion that a staggering 78 percent of NFL players are bankrupt or facing financial stress within two years of leaving the league.

gary-coleman-as-arnold-diffrent-strokes-18022862-640-480Hearing that made us cry out “Whatcha talking about Willis?” Pure pulp fiction.

There is no research that validates this claim. In fact, according to a 2009 University of Michigan study of retired NFL players, NFL retirees have higher income than men of similar ages in the general population.

And while we have the mallet in our hand and have earned extended play, another internet invention is that NFL players have significantly higher divorce rates than other men. Whack!

The divorce rates for NFL retirees (age 30-49) are comparably lower to the divorce rates for the same segment of the general population (20 percent vs. 26 percent). NFL retirees are more likely to be currently married than other men in the general population, according to the University of Michigan study.

We’re out of tokens.

 

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