NaVorro Bowman was a rookie linebacker in 2010 after the San Francisco 49ers took him in the third round out of Penn State.
As Bowman told the San Francisco 49ers, he made an extremely lavish purchase that year that cost more than half of his entire year's salary: a four-door Porsche Panamera.
"Despite earning a relatively modest $320,000 base salary, he made an extravagant purchase: He spent $170,000 on a four-door black Porsche Panamera, which inspired teammates to shake their heads at the 22-year-old who seemed determined to go broke."
"Bowman had never owned a car and admits that partly fueled his purchase. But there was more to it.
“That Porsche was more of putting pressure on myself at the time,” Bowman told the Chronicle. “To have to pay for it. To live up to a person that’s driving a nice car. I don’t want to be driving a nice car and not doing my job. Not being successful. That was all me putting pressure on myself.”
Fortunately for Bowman, the eighth-year pro, money isn't an issue anymore. In 2013 he bought a Rolls-Royce.
He paid the $300,000 up front.