Rookie Ryan Anderson uses signing bonus to buy his mother a house
By Ian Cummings
Ryan Anderson’s character, both as a player and a person, stood out as soon as he arrived at Redskins Park. His latest purchase with his new paycheck only reinforced his image.
Drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, Ryan Anderson received a four year contract worth $5.3 million. On top of that, he also received a $2 million bonus upon signing the contract.
$2 million is a lot of money, especially for these players, who’ve worked their whole lives to make it to this point. Money can make some people short-sighted. It can make others reckless and foolish. For Anderson, however, his new money took him back to his roots. He found himself giving thanks to a key figure in his life. And he did it in a very special way.
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Ryan Anderson bought his mother a house. And a car. With $2 million, there’s no need to spend time finishing off mortgage payments. The house is hers. And she has only herself to thank for raising Anderson to become the person he is.
Anderson has been lauded for his character on multiple occasions. He said after being drafted that he wasn’t a ‘workout warrior’, but simply a ‘football player’ who excels in the game itself. He only missed one practice in his entire career at Alabama, per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. And he’s been a regular at offseason practices thus far. His influence should be an exclusive benefit to the Redskins’ locker room. And his chemistry with first-rounder Jonathan Allen will only make matters worse for opposing offenses.
Ryan Anderson will look to help the Redskins conquer the opposition in 2017. And he’s already off to a good start, helping his mother, who guided him to his selection on the biggest stage, conquer a large financial hurdle.
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$2 million is a lot of money. And Anderson used it wisely. It’s a sign of good things to come. And, if he keeps it up, more money as well.