Robinson took Middleton's course, and headed into the NBA with eyes wide open. "There's some guys in the league that don't even know the PIN to their own bank account," Robinson said. "They just expect for the people that's handling their money to be able to keep track of that. And they trust them."
"Why don't you think more colleges aren't doing classes like this?" Cowan asked.
"That's a great question. I have no idea."
Hockey star Zach Nagelvoort isn't taking any chances. After being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers, he, too, enrolled in the course. Now after working on his fancy footwork at the gym, he goes home to study good financial footing, too.
Cowan asked, "How big a difference do you think this has made?"
"Come back in five years and let's see how helpful it is!" he laughed.
Kenny Anderson had the drive to fight back from his financial defeat. He now gives money pointers to young athletes as often as showing off his three-pointers.
"My family's fine. My bills are paid. My house is paid off, I don't have a mortgage, so you know, I'm fine," he said.
Keith McCants had a tougher road. He got addicted to painkillers, even became homeless for a while -- his glory days in football a distant memory. But he found a way to get rich in other ways. He now counsels those struggling with addictions just like his.
For McCants, that kind of wealth is the kind that really lasts. "The love of money is the root of all evil," he said. "And the world loves money. It makes the world go round. It's what you DO with it that defines who you are."
For more info:
- Len Middleton, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan
- Follow Kenny Anderson on Twitter (@chibbs_1)
- Follow Christian Covington on Twitter (@ccovingtondt)
- Follow @LaTroyHawkins32 on Twitter
- Follow @KeithMcCants on Twitter
- Follow Zach Nagelvoort on Twitter (@znagelvoort94)
- Follow Jameis Winston on Twitter (@Jaboowins)