He may be a little extreme in being "tight", but he also sounds smart, too. Most players feel entitled.
Barry Jackson wrote:
Some interesting tidbits from a Wall Street Journal story on how Wilkins is very careful with his money:
Instead of paying for lemonade, he asks for water, six lemon slices and sugar, and then makes his own.
He ate, showered and brushed his teeth at Clemson’s football operations center to hold down costs at his $300 a month apartment.
He didn’t have a credit card, used a bike and got rides from teammates (while helping pay for gas) instead of owning a car. He also wore some teammates’ clothes.
“My teammates know I’m the cheapest guy in the world,” he told the WSJ’s Rachel Bachman before the draft.
And he worked as a substitute teacher, earning $80 a day.
Wilkins’ frugality has paid off: He said he has saved more than $15,000 during an era when many young people are facing heavy student debt.
What’s more, he has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in athletic leadership. This past December, he won the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Trophy, known as the “Academic Heisman.”
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