Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
St. Louis Rams defensive tackle La'Roi Glover is exceptional in several ways. He entered the NFL as a fifth-round choice, but he will exit as one of the better defensive linemen of his era.
Glover will also exit as a college graduate after completing his degree at San Diego State recently. But unlike the typical college grad, Glover can expect to see his income diminish sharply in the years to come. He is scheduled to earn $3.5 million in 2008, the final year of his contract. Glover remains an effective player, but he also turns 34 on Friday. His career is winding down.
Adults with college degrees earned $51,554 on average in 2004, compared to $28,645 for adults with only high school diplomas. Good luck finding a job that pays $3.5 million a year outside professional sports. Of course, Glover wanted the degree, a Bachelor's in Public Administration, for other reasons. He had left San Diego State needing about two semesters of work. "I didn't feel complete," Glover told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I really wanted to finish and get my degree."