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Ryan Schraeder is the starting right tackle for the Atlanta Falcons and just signed a five-year, $33 million contract extension on Nov. 21.
There is no way a millionaire football player like him could have student debt, right?
Wrong, according to a USA Today story published Wednesday.
“Yeah, I’m not kidding, it was about $20,000,” Schraeder said after a reporter joked with him being able to pay off student loans. “That was another reason I had to make this team after college.”
For Schraeder, taking out loans was the only way he could afford to go to Butler Community College in Kansas and Division II Valdosta State in Georgia. Compared to the Division I players who had scholarships, his debt was a huge driving force to becoming successful in the NFL.