By Robert Stitt
Robert Ayers plays football for a living and makes some pretty good money doing so as a defensive lineman in the National Football League.
In 1985, Ayers was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. He later attended Hoboken High School, where he was looked over during his first few years on the team. After a heralded senior year, he was named All-State as a linebacker and selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
He attended the University of Tennessee as a backup linebacker, eventually moving to defensive end. During his Junior year, while still a backup player, he led the team in sacks and tackles. Finally starting in his senior year, he became a member of the All-SEC First team in 2008. Ayers also ran the 100-meter dash and 4X100 relay as a sprinter on the school’s track team.
In 2009, he was an NFL first round draft pick, selected number 18 overall by the Denver Broncos. His original contract was for five years and would guarantee him nearly $10 million.
During his first three seasons, Ayers failed to live up to his expectations. When defensive coordinators changed in 2012, Ayers was relegated to a back-up role. The next year he had a much better season and was part of the Broncos team that won the AFC Championship, but it would be his last season in Denver.
In 2014, Ayers signed a two-year contract with the New York Giants worth $4 million. He did not finish the season due to a torn pectoral muscle. Even with a shortened season, he had a remarkable first year with the Giants and was tied for fifth among all defense ends who played in a 4-3 defense. He was even ranked higher than superstar teammate Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Giants have great expectations for him during the 2015 season. With summer camps starting up, Ayers was back on the field. Sadly, he did not make it out of the first practice without being carted off of the field. Ayers went down during a play, suffering an ankle injury.
Tests came back negative for serious damage, and Ayers is expected to be back at camp soon. The injury will certainly remind him just how precarious an NFL career can be.
Ayers isn’t too worried though, after all, according to Celebrity Net Worth, he has handled his money well and has a net worth of over $6 million.