John Hancock’s Long Game

John Hancock has teamed up with The Players’ Tribune and CBS Sports Digital to create “The Long Game,” a dedicated effort to raise awareness of the importance of thoughtfully planning for the retirement you want, told through the perspective of professional football rookies, including Saquon Barkley, Calvin Ridley, Sony Michel, Phillip Lindsay, Dante Pettis and James Washington.

Through “The Long Game,” Barkley, Ridley, Lindsay, Pettis, Michel, and Washington are helping to shine a light on the importance of retirement planning through a personal video series that explores their respective long-term goals and passions outside of football.

“Often when we talk about retirement, it feels like a vague, distant version of our lives that is disconnected from who we are today. The same way we make daily financial decisions to support our current lifestyles and passions, we want young adults to think about retirement through the lens of what they want most in the future – whether it’s freedom to travel, spend time with family or buy their dream car. No matter what that goal is, now is the time to start planning to make it a reality.” – CMO of John Hancock, Barbara Goose.

“I’m grateful to be living my dream of playing professional football, but I know it’s also important to focus on building a strong foundation for my future because I know football won’t last forever. Now that I’m a father, I want to make sure I’m making the best decisions to build a long and happy future for my family. That includes being able to provide my daughter with a great college education. I’m excited to partner with John Hancock and The Players’ Tribune to shed light on the importance of thinking ahead for retirement, no matter where you are in your life or career.” – running back for the New York Giants,  Saquon Barkley.

Did you know? According to a Sports Illustrated study from 2009 of former NFL and NBA players, after only 2 years of retirement, 78% of NFL players were either broke or struggling financially, and within 5 years of retirement, 60% of NBA players are broke.