Its a well-worn a cliché, mostly used in association with professional team sports and meant to convey a cutthroat but fundamental reality: Youre only as good as your last game. It may be harsh, but such is the nature of professional sports, a world where high-stakes games are played by extremely wealthy, though frequently unsophisticated young men who all too often have a meteoric rise to stardom, only to have it be accompanied by a sudden, abrupt fall from grace.
For even star players, however accomplished, nothing is assured beyond their next hit, three-point shot or touchdown pass. Off the field, this holds especially true When the cameras stop rolling and the paychecks stop coming, many professional athletes are woefully unprepared financially for the next phase of their lives.
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