Fuller is an exceptionally fast and explosive wide receiver, but those who know him best also cite intelligence and a keen business acumen.
Fuller wants athletes not to take unwise risks with their money. And that’s why he took on another title – Director of Player Outreach for The Players Company.
“Football doesn’t last long,” said Fuller on Friday. “We get a lot of money quickly. I don’t think many players understand that this has to keep us going for a lifetime. I think other people in other professions are learning how to manage their money from Philadelphia I didn’t really have a lot of money. My parents really couldn’t teach me how to handle my money. “
Fuller, 27, played with the Texans for the first five years of his career. He and his contractors negotiated a $ 10,625,011 million one-year deal with Miami this off-season.
In a way, Fuller was taking a risk believing his performance for the Dolphins this season could earn a bigger payday going forward.
“This was my first free agency, so I just took it because I wanted to go to a team that wanted me,” said Fuller. “The Dolphins showed the greatest interest. That’s why I chose the Dolphins. Of course, I knew that we had a great team here and that we could do great things. I love the culture here. It was just easy to be here. Me I’m happy the dolphins tried me. “
The Players Company was founded by Richard Sherman, Sheldon Day and Amir Carlisle. The latter two, like Fuller, played football at Notre Dame. The Players Company is committed to helping athletes build wealth and cement their legacies.
In addition to financial services and investment opportunities, The Players Company claims that it gives athletes more opportunities through access to business development and financial education. Essentially, Fuller and his colleagues are trying to limit the chances of athletes making disastrous financial decisions because they lack a collective support network.
“We help players prepare for success after playing football,” said Fuller. “Football doesn’t take long. You could get injured. A lot of people only know football. So they don’t know how to get out of football. We help people with players with a good team around them so they know what they are doing have to get started with their money. “
Dolphins linebacker Brennan Scarlett is also involved with The Players Company, working on business development and strategic partnerships.
Fuller joined Miami’s volunteer team activities because he wanted to develop relationships with his coaches as teammates as soon as possible.
“Faces names,” said Fuller. “Show my face and let people know who I am.”
The Dolphins are counting on Fuller for touchdowns and game-changing plays this season. Miami believes Fuller and Waddle Tagovailoa will help expand the field and make room for other recipients as well.
“You can’t teach speed, and that’s what we have on this team,” said Fuller. “Not just me and Waddle. Other players too. It’ll be fun.”
Describing what he saw in Fuller during the free agent trial, Dolphins trainer Brian Flores said toughness, competitiveness, talent, selflessness and cleverness.
Fuller has worked really hard this off-season to strengthen his core and limit the risk of injury. But Fuller is also interested in a balanced lifestyle.
“I was so focused on football that I didn’t really have the time,” Fuller said of the business interest. “But I had more time in this off-season. In the beginning it only helped people with their financial education. We’re really passionate about it because we see that a lot of people don’t help make smart decisions, the better we will be as athletes. “