It's a bit of a slap in the face to compare pro athletes to a lottery winner. The athletes have been working hard since they were kids to reach their dream of being professional athletes, but the windfall of money that comes their way once they are drafted is a lot like winning the lottery. The scary thing is that 75% of lottery winners are broke within five years.
According to Sports Illustrated, 78% of NFL players are divorced, unemployed, or bankrupt two years after leaving the game, and MSNBC reports that one in four NFL players live paycheck to paycheck.
Take a look at those two facts and then remember that the average NFL career is only three years, it becomes easy to see why professional athletes go broke.
The term “act like you've” been there before is often said to professional athletes who may celebrate a little more than is necessary. They are pro athletes, they've been scoring touchdowns, hitting home runs, and dunking basketballs before they hit puberty, they should have some class and act like they've been there before because they have. Financially, many of these athletes “haven't been there before” when it comes to being a millionaire just like many lottery winners.