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Lions' Ndamukong Suh is NFL's 'secret finance nerd'

The Detroit News

Everyone knows Ndamukong Suh as the Lions' ferocious defensive tackle.

The Wall Street Journal calls him "the NFL's secret finance nerd."

Suh, in his quest to chart a successful path for his post-playing career, regularly meets with Warren Buffett and other business moguls for advice, the Journal reports.

"I'm just glad he's not running against me for a board spot," said Berkshire Hathaway's Buffett. "Everyone tries to hustle sports stars. I think he knows I'm not trying to take him; I'm not trying to get involved in his finances."

Suh, 27, is in the final season of a five-year, $60 million contract. He stands to earn a huge pile of cash next offseason when he becomes a free agent and re-signs with the Lions or another team.

"Everyone says, 'Wait til your football career is over.' Or the biggest saying is always 'Life after football,'" Suh says in the Journal story. "But as an athlete, someone who is bright enough and understands how to compartmentalize, and has time management … You can have 70 to 90 percent of the focus on your ultimate job but at the same time slowly build to what you are going to be one day."