It’s a well-worn a cliché, mostly used in association with professional team sports and meant to convey a cutthroat but fundamental reality: You’re only as good as your last game. It may be harsh, but such is the nature of professional sports, a world where high-stakes games are played by extremely wealthy, though frequently unsophisticated young men who all too often have a meteoric rise to stardom, only to have it be accompanied by a sudden, abrupt fall from grace.

For even star players, however accomplished, nothing is assured beyond their next hit, three-point shot or touchdown pass. Off the field, this holds especially true – When the cameras stop rolling and the paychecks stop coming, many professional athletes are woefully unprepared financially for the next phase of their lives.

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