His mother worked several jobs to provide for her family, and Ryans learned early on that he would have to work hard for whatever he wanted—just as she did.Ryans was no better informed about finances than anyone else his age; however, he was cautious and knew what he didn’t know. ’ because I’ve got to make this last,” he remembered.De Meco selected underprivileged youth from ages 8-16 to attend the event.Ryans has donated over ,000 worth of gifts to children in Houston who can’t afford holiday gifts.He spends time signing autographs and distributing team memorabilia to patients and their families.Training Camp visits for Non Profit, Community and School Groups Local community groups attend practices during the Houston Texans Training Camp, at Reliant Stadium.
I wanted to be in a position where—if [that] was the only contract I ever got to sign—I would be able to sustain my life off it.” Taking a long-term view of your life is unusual for anyone in their early 20s—even those who haven’t just received a lot of money.
“Knowing what I was going to [earn] was one thing, but then actually signing the deal and seeing the check come in […] it was definitely one of those life-changing moments,” he explained.
“It was just overwhelming to know that I probably made at that one instant more money than my mom ever did working all her life.” Like many pro athletes, Ryans wasn’t handed anything.
Athlete or not, at that age, pretty much everyone thinks they are invincible.
“You’ve got to treat this first contract like it’s your last because statistically that’s how it’s going to play out,” says John Mangum, Chicago Bears defensive back turned CAPTRUST Financial Advisor.