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ROOKIE WR TAVON AUSTIN SAYS PEOPLE ASKING FOR MONEY IS HARDEST THING ABOUT NFL RIGHT NOW -
St. Louis Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin is finding out that when you become a first-round pick in the NFL draft, you start finding out how many friends you have that are wanting money.
“Everybody expects a lot of things from you as far as money,” Austin told the Rams official team website. “Everybody wants to be around you. My phone doesn’t stop ringing now. It feels like they’re counting my bank account now. So that’s probably the hardest thing for right now — just people.”
Austin says people are coming out of the woodwork, long lost relatives he never knew he had.
“Oh, I’ve got a lot of cousins now,” Austin said. “The whole (city of) Baltimore is my cousin now. We’re just gonna try to keep focused and let my mother and all them handle it.”
Austin, who is from Baltimore, already has changed his phone number.
“So hopefully, it doesn’t get out again or I’m going to change it again,” he said.
Unfortunately this is what happens each and every year. Some people seem to think they should benefit from draft pick’s hard work. But the sooner those players learn to say, “no,” the sooner they won’t end up being broke and “friendless.” (Photo: stlouisrams.com)