I am willing to bet that very few sports fans are aware that the athletes they worship frequently lose the millions of dollars they made during their careers. The fact is that 78 percent of professional football players ‘go broke.’ Here is how Bernard Pollard is providing for his future after the NFL.
The most famous case in history of an athlete who died virtually penniless is the great prize fighter, Joe Louis. Toward the end of his life he was forced to be a ‘greeter’ at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas to pay taxes he owed the government.
Other notable athletes who lost their fortunes are Allen Iverson, Mike Tyson, Tiki Barber, Lawrence Taylor, Warren Sapp and Terrell Owens.
Bernard Pollard was a strong safety for the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winning team in 2012. (He now plays for the Tennessee Titans). He was aware of the high percentage of NFL players who lost everything. Nearing retirement age, he has turned to product development. He invented a product which “solves annoying problems and enhances safety for children, women and men at home as well as business and leisure travelers; dorm room, condo and apartment dwellers; hospital in-patients; and others.” It’s called the “Smart Tray.”
Pollard formed a company by the name of ‘Pollard’s Style Pro 31.’ The Smart Tray is the first of numerous other items undergoing their developmental process.
The Smart Tray is described as “a convenient, portable lightweight and affordable foldout tray that fits over most pedestal and traditional sinks to provide additional surface area and counter space (up to 288 square inches).”
In the kitchen it allows the individual to keep needed items at hand, even when the water is running. In the bathroom it increases safety by keeping tools such as blow dryers and curling irons out of the sink. Items on the tray can be carried to another area to be used or stored. And, when its use is no longer needed, it collapses into a smaller shape, and can be stored in the canvas bag in which it was sold.
“Multi-purpose and multi-functional, the Smart Tray makes everyone happy,” notes Pollard. “Women love that they can keep more of their hair accessories, makeup and appliances at-hand and men love coming into a more organized, clutter-free bathroom where they can easily conduct their hygiene routine. College students who share sink space love the added surface area, and hospital in-patients can keep more of their critical items at hand and well within reach. Parents love that it helps keep kids safe from the many electric shock hazards in the bathroom. That kind of peace-of-mind is priceless.” And it’s affordable.
Pollard’s foresight to plan for a sustained and substantial income after his football career is over makes him an exception to the rule. All too many former NFL players are forced to live in a far different lifestyle when their playing days are over. There are not enough lucrative ‘Sports Commentator’ positions available. He is setting an excellent example for players joining the ranks of professional football in recent years. As for Pollard, he has guaranteed his own financial future.
If you want more information about the Smart Tray and other items available in the future, you can go online at: www.StylePro31.com.