A renowned NFL player resided in his team's stadium for two years, with the intention of retaining more of his earnings for personal use.
During his career in the NFL, Chad 'Ochocinco' Johnson was a wide receiver for 11 seasons, playing for both the New England Patriots and the Cincinnati Bengals. He earned Pro Bowl honors six times and was selected as an All-Pro four times.
Although he led the league in receiving yards in 2006, he had been leading the league in frugality for many years prior to that.
This has come to light as he recently disclosed that he resided in the Bengals stadium for two years as a cost-saving measure, and more importantly, because he had access to all his necessities at the stadium.
In addition, this allowed him to avoid spending any money during his early years as a professional athlete.
While many rookie players may have indulged in luxuries such as cars or fashionable clothing, Chad opted for a modest lifestyle, residing in the Paycor Stadium (previously known as the Paul Brown Stadium). After all, it was his money to spend as he pleased.
During an appearance on the 'Club Shay Shay' podcast with Shannon Sharpe, he elaborated: "As a rookie coming into the league, I stayed at the stadium my first two years because there was no point in spending money and wasting money when everything I need is already there.
"What's the point? Why are you telling me to go rent a house, go buy a house, or go rent a condo when everything I need is right here in the facility?"
"Showers, cafeteria, TV, couch, gaming system. What's the point?"
"I was so locked in. It wasn't about having my own space."
According to Johnson, this mindset laid the foundation for his thriving career, suggesting there may be some truth to it.
Ochocinco continued: "I needed that one year lock in to catch the rhythm. In the second year I got that rhythm."
Subsequently, the Bengals' coach, Marvin Lewis, advised him to acquire his own living quarters, and he followed through with this recommendation.
Nevertheless, he still maintains his frugal habits, affirming that he never splurged on jewelry or similar extravagances despite his substantial wealth.
He claims that he managed to save 80% of his earnings during his playing career.
"There is nothing I can buy that's bigger than my name alone," he said.
"Everybody is caught up in image, and looking a certain way, being rich. It's pointless."
One could argue that this perspective is quite refreshing, don't you think?