I Like Alex Green Already

Rookie running back Alex Green has found a way to earn a paycheck during the lockout. And he is taking his money to the bank. Literally.

I like Alex Green already. And it has nothing to do with his capabilities on the football field.

Green, along with the rest of the rookies, won't be cashing an NFL paycheck any time soon. As the lockout drags into the summer months, rookie contracts will be put off until the labor mess is sorted out. But not receiving a signing bonus doesn't completely stop players from making money. Before they even step foot on the field, their images are already worth a few thousand dollars. Twenty thousand, to be exact.

Packers rookie running back Alex Green will receive a total of $20,000 from Topps and Panini America in exchange for his image on the respective companies' football cards.

When asked what he will do with his newfound wealth, the Oregon native said he is taking his money to the bank. Literally.

"I'm just going to hold on to (the money)," Green said. "I'm not going to buy anything."

I can't say that I would have exhibited the same will power at 22 years of age, but I'm also not being locked out by my future employer. Either way, it's refreshing to see an NFL rookie display some foresight.

And come this fall, I hope Alex Green takes the rock to the bank as well. And then follows it with a Lambeau Leap.

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Chad Toporski's picture

May 25, 2011 at 02:36 pm

Smart kid.

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PackersRS's picture

May 25, 2011 at 04:55 pm

Wow. I would not have done that.

Not saying I would buy something expensive with the money, but I would definitely spend it here and there, buying a videogame and a new pc, buying some nice clothes and etc...

Of course, he could've meant that. That he's not gonna spend it all, but rather save most of it and only spend on small things.

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bomdad's picture

May 25, 2011 at 05:44 pm

He'll put it in the bank and take out a loan at the same time.

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WoodyG's picture

May 25, 2011 at 07:00 pm

He should save 25% & spend the rest ..... Consumer spending is what drives the US economy .....

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PackersRS's picture

May 25, 2011 at 09:10 pm

But not what drives his life...
He spends 75%, then he is hurt in training camp, like Jeremy Thompson.

Then what?

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WoodyG's picture

May 26, 2011 at 05:15 am

He's a 3rd round pick ..... Unless his injury is 'career ending', he'll collect a full paycheck while on the IR rehabilitating .... Although not 100%, it's a good bet that he'll be due to pull in a few hundred thousand before the end of 2011 .... The $20,000 he saves now will be chump change once he signs a contract ....

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PackersRS's picture

May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

And if there's no football this year? How's he gonna maintain himself till next year?

It's terrible financial planning to spend 75% of that money, when he doesn't have a sure income.

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WoodyG's picture

May 26, 2011 at 05:13 pm

There will be football in 2011 & GB & A. Green will prevail .....

Next year at this time, we'll all be talk'in about the chances of a three-peat ..... That you can put in the bank ......

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TPackers's picture

May 26, 2011 at 11:16 pm

I fully agree with PackerRS on this one. And it's not for Alex Green to sacrifice his own financial security to make sure the economy keeps chugging along.

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PackersRS's picture

May 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I sure hope you're right Woody.

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Ct SharpeCheddar's picture

May 25, 2011 at 07:50 pm

A Green 2

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PackersRS's picture

May 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

I call him Robin.

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mark's picture

May 25, 2011 at 09:24 pm

This inherent desire to "hold onto" things points to Green's instinctive ball security skills. Folks, you can't teach this stuff.

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PackersRS's picture

May 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

Thing is, he was known to be a fumbler in college...

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Mike's picture

May 27, 2011 at 11:33 am

Ya know I was thinking that 75% of 20 large was def going to jump start our economy...

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longtimefan's picture

May 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

I agree with RS...He shouldnt spend to much of it..He could have bought a car, but really? Even if a used one, most would have been gone real fast that way..

While 20K may not sound like a lot, but if planned right that could help for a while if they are stuck with the lock out for a while.

I am sure his agent is floating him money too..

So it just shows he is very wise with his $..

Then again maybe he gets his rookie deal he buys 20 cars and we blast him for that

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