While Lane Johnson had a slower start to his NFL career last year, what I’m sure didn’t start slowly were his bills. As is customary throughout the summer, rookies in the NFL will take out veterans (some of whom make more than five times what the rookies do), and the veterans will rack up ridiculous bills that the rookies end up having to pay for. For guys like Lane Johnson, who signed for nearly $20 million on his rookie contract, it is a fun hazing experience. For mid-to-late round picks, many of whom will never see a second NFL contract, it is a stupid experience that helps contribute to many NFL players having financial problems once they are out of the league.
Luckily for NFL rookies, many of them are on the other side of the table, forcing rookies to pay exorbitant amounts for dinner and drinks, just a year later. Johnson is in that position at least, as the second-year lineman tweeted this picture of last night’s rookie dinner, where the veterans totaled a bill that cost close to $18,000.
Rookie dinner pic.twitter.com/2pCRsC9Al8
— Lane Johnson (@Lanejohnson65) June 7, 2014
When you put the bill at this angle, you can get a better idea of some of the items on this list.
I can’t help but laugh at how after spending money on adult beverages during dinner, the veterans tacked on the “Screaming Eagle Cabernet”, just to drink during dessert, with the banana bread pudding and chocolate souffle cakes. If there is one thing that my parents taught me, it’s that you get the hell out of the restaurant before the waiter can even ask if you want dessert.
Somehow, I thought after the who Jonathan Martin thing, we’d at least stop seeing these type of things become so public. I guess Lane Johnson didn’t get that memo.