Raiders DE Carl Nassib, the first openly gay player in the NFL, first made a name for himself on Hard Knocks, teaching Browns teammates about interest.
Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib just made NFL history by being the first active player to come out as gay.
As part of his historic announcement, he pledged $100,000 to The Trevor Project, a non-profit working to prevent suicide among LGBTQ+ youth.
Even before that, Nassib proved a willingness to help out his Browns teammates on the financial front.
Before coming out, Carl Nassib was a hit on Hard Knocks
This is the perfect time to bring back a classic clip from Hard Knocks in 2018 when Nassib, then a third-year DE, gave Myles Garrett and company a lesson on compound interest.
Nassib argued for the Cleveland defenders to put their money in a bank to collect interest rather than spending it on big-ticket items.
“Financial advisors are everywhere and they’ll try take your money and they’ll take one percent of everything you’ve got and you’ll think ‘oh, it’s one percent it doesn’t matter.’ It matters. It matters a lot,” Nassib said.
He drew out an equation on the board showing how compound interest could double a person’s money over seven years.
He even shared an anecdote of thinking of buying a Rolex to impress Taylor Swift. He passed in favor of more savvy financial investments.
Nassib was an ambassador for smart finances. Now he’s an ambassador for the LGBTQ+ community, first by being brave enough to come out and second by putting his money towards a worthy cause.
Last year, Nassib signed a three-year deal with the Raiders. He’s set to serve in the Las Vegas rotation in 2021 after starting five times with 2.5 sacks, five tackles for loss, nine QB hits, an interception and five pass deflections in 2020.