- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A former University of Oklahoma football star is using a unique way to spread the word to young people on how to be responsible with their money.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1EQAO41 ) reports that former Sooner and current Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles is working with Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller on a statewide initiative to improve the money management skills of high school and middle school students by distributing a video game called “Financial Football.”

The game, which allows players to move the football down the field by correctly answering financial questions, was developed by the NFL and Visa Inc. with support from the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy. The video game is being distributed by the treasurer’s staff to every public middle school and high school in the state.

Broyles says that he has made his share of financial mistakes, and wants to help young people make better decisions. The wide receiver says he sees other athletes burn through the millions of dollars, and he is determined not to do that.

“A lot of people get a large lump sum of money up front and they change their standard of living,” Broyles said in Miller’s office Wednesday. “If you can stick to a budget and keep that standard of living over the long haul - no matter how much you make- then your money is going to be able to grow.”

Broyles’ advice is to live below one’s means no matter your income level.

“It’s really not about how much the next person makes, it’s about how much you make and what you’re spending your money on,” he said.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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