- Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew has a reputation for being frugal and “is known for not spending any money,” his mother told The Wall Street Journal.
- She told The Journal that he refused to get an apartment until he made the Jaguars’ final roster. When he did, his parents sent him essentials to furnish the apartment.
- Minshew also drives a used Acura his parents bought him in high school.
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Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew has a reputation as one of the more frugal players in the NFL.
Minshew, a sixth-round draft pick, was thrust into the starting job in Week 1 when Nick Foles broke his collarbone. Minshew’s star has since risen in the NFL, thanks to his success on the field and colourful personality.
However, Minshew’s mother, Kim, told The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay that before making the roster, Gardner wouldn’t rent an apartment in Jacksonville.
“He would not get an apartment until he saw his name on the roster,” Kim Minshew told Gay.
She said her son “is known for not spending any money” and still drives a used Acura his parents bought him in high school.
Of course, he did make the Jaguars’ roster, and his parents furnished his apartment, getting him all the essentials.
“I knew if I didn’t send him things for his apartment, he wouldn’t have them,” Kim Minshew told Gay.
According to the sports-contract website Spotrac, Gardner Minshew is making $US685,884 this season and has a total contract worth $US2.7 million over four years.
His frugal ways are said to extend back to college – though he wasn’t making six figures back then. He told The Athletic’s Jayson Jenks in 2018 that he spent only $US15 furnishing his college bedroom and that he got a used bed from Facebook Marketplace.
Minshew and the Jaguars picked up a win in Week 7, beating the Cincinnati Bengals, 27-17. Minshew threw for 255 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.
The legend of Minshew only continues to grow.
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