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NFL Hall Of Famer And Jackson State Head Coach Deion Sanders Furious No HBCU Players Made NFL Draft

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NFL Hall of Famer and Jackson State Head Coach Deion Sanders is angry that not one draft-eligible HBCU football player, including his own, was selected in the NFL Draft.

The NFL Draft took place last Thursday through Saturday and 259 players were taken to join one of the league’s 32 teams as rookies. However, none of the players drafted played at an HBCU school. Sanders, who took the Jackson State position in part to bring exposure to HBCU football was not happy about that.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Sanders expressed his frustrations at the league and its teams.

 

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“And we have the Audacity to Hate on one another while our kids are being NEGLECTED & REJECTED,” Sanders wrote in the caption. “I witnessed a multitude of kids that we played against that were more than qualified to be drafted. My prayers are that This won’t EVER happen again. Get yo knife out my back and fight with me not against me!”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s NFL Combine was canceled. The Combine is a week-long invitational where draft-eligible college football players perform physical and mental tests in front of NFL coaches, general managers, and scouts. HBCU schools were slated to host their own combine before the NFL’s showcase, but like the traditional combine, it was canceled due to the pandemic.

The pandemic also upended the traditional fall college football season. Schools across the country spent the fall season canceling games, shortening seasons, or postponing their fall seasons until this spring which is what Sanders’ team did.

Although no players were drafted, three men, Grambling’s David Moore; Florida A&M’s Calvin Ashley; and North Carolina A&T’s Mac McCain were signed to free-agent contracts after the draft.

Hall of Fame quarterback Doug Williams, who attended Grambling and became the first Black quarterback to win a Super Bowl in 1987 shared Sanders sentiments.

“It’s hard to believe that not one guy is worth being drafted,” Washington Football Team senior adviser Doug Williams told The Washington Post

Notable HBCU Football players include Williams, Former Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders Head Coach Art Shell (Maryland Eastern Shore) Former Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair, and former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan.

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28-Year-Old Shares Three Wealth Tips That Helped His Family Go From Welfare to Millionaires

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After going from welfare to millionaire by age 25, Alfred Nickson dedicated his career to educating thousands of African Americans about building wealth. 

Now, the 28-year-old financial expert has mentored over 100 six-figure earners and retired his mom

“Wherever you are at, be willing to swing the bat,” says Nickson during an interview with Black Enterprise. “You can’t hit a home run if you don’t swing. For me, I put myself in a position to not only swing the bat, but I wanted to put people in a position to win as well. So, I put people on base.”

He continued, “When I swing the bat, it’s not just me hitting a home run. I’m hitting a grand slam. That means that everybody that was on base and in position was able to come home and get a taste of the success. I encourage everyone to swing the bat so that you can hit your home run, too.”

Nickson started exploring home-based businesses shortly after high school. The young entrepreneur made a total of $1500 in his first three years of entrepreneurship. Despite his lack of funds and people telling him to consider getting a “real job” and go to school, he kept going.

During his fourth year of business, Nickson earned his first six figures by leveraging his passion for financial literacy. A couple of years later, Nickson hit the million-dollar mark. 

For anyone seeking to put themselves in a better financial position this year, Nickson encourages people to step outside the box and do these three things.

1. Move From Welfare to Wealth By Starting With Assets 

Knowledge is power. When you know where you stand financially, you can pinpoint exactly how much money you need to get where you want to go.

Nickson suggests creating a list of everything you own. This list represents your assets. 

“This can be tangible items like a vehicle or jewelry to stocks, bonds, or life insurance policies,” says Nickson in an email. “Even one pair of gold earrings can be added to your assets and is better than no assets at all.”

Every month, Nickson meets with his team to get a better picture of his net worth. This number represents how much you own (assets) minus how much you owe (liabilities). It’s the magic number that wealthy individuals use to assess their financial health. Nickson also suggests having a good tax strategy so that you can keep more of the money you make. 

2. Sign up for Life Insurance

After seeing so many people in his community rely on GoFundMe, Nickson decided to educate more people about life insurance.

“Who needs a life insurance policy? Everyone.”

Life insurance shouldn’t be limited to death benefits. It can also be used as a wealth-building strategy.

“Choose between whole life or term life insurance,” says Nickson. “Term life has more value and generally costs less monthly. Both will give your loved ones up to millions of dollars when you die.” 

In addition to life insurance, Nickson says that wills and trusts should also be part of your financial plan. 

3. Earn Extra Money To Go From Welfare to Wealth 

Nickson recommends starting a home-based business because the infrastructure is already there. He says that the barriers to entry are low and anyone can get started with as little as a few hundred dollars. The best part is that you can start making money right away. Your stimulus check could help you get started. 

In his first year, Nickson reached the six-figure mark. In the second year, he reached over half a million dollars. In his third year in the financial field, he made his first million dollars.

How do you get started on your path to a home-based business? Identify what you are passionate about.

“When you are passionate about something, you put your all into it,” says Nickson. 

 

 

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