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No football? No bling for rookies, vets

5/13/2011

Jacquian Williams might be an NFL draft pick, but life hasn't changed much since the New York Giants took him in the sixth round late last month.

Like many Americans his age, the rookie linebacker, 22, still lives at home with his mother and tries not to drive his pickup truck around his hometown of Tampa, Fla., too much with the soaring prices at gas stations putting a stranglehold on wallets everywhere.

But with no end in sight to the NFL labor battle and uncertainty surrounding what the collective bargaining agreement will be in 2011, Williams doesn't know when he will receive his first check or how much he will earn. In the meantime, he lives just like he had been before he became a pro.

"I'm still an average Joe," Williams says. "Just chilling."

Read the full story at ESPNNewYork.com.