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Know Your Bills: Linebacker Angelo Crowell

This past offseason was educational, and romantic, for Angelo Crowell. The Buffalo Bills linebacker went off to an Ivy League college to learn how to get a business off the ground and jetted off to a tropical paradise to get down on one knee. Congratulations on your engagement. How did you propose?

Angelo Crowell: I woke up one morning and said I wanted to take that next step in my life. It was romantic even though I'm not always that romantic type of guy. We went on a trip to Nevis (island in the Caribbean) and I had a private dinner set up on the beach. How involved will you be in the wedding planning?

AC: Oh no, she's going to be planning it. I'll be out here playing football. Can you tell me about your experience at the NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program at Wharton in February?

AC: That was very informative. It was six days of learning about stocks and bond, how to manage people, real estate. It was very in-depth and hands-on; you got a lot of one on one time. We had a chance to really negotiate with other people. I heard you made 20,000 pretend dollars there. Did it feel as good as the real thing?

AC: Yeah (laughing). It felt good because it was actually pretty hard having to deal with somebody and having a game plan. You have to know what they know and know about the market, and then you come back at them with the best price. How did you get interested in real estate?

AC: The money. That's the honest answer. My fiancée is actually a real estate attorney, so she knows a lot about the real estate market. We decided to indulge in it. What was it like being on an Ivy League campus at Wharton? I've always wondered if it makes a person feel smarter or it's just intimidating.

AC: I felt pretty smart. I wear my Wharton sweatshirt out and people ask me, "Man, did you go to Wharton?!" I tell them "Yeah, I went to Wharton. What do you do?" What is the most valuable lesson you took away from that program?

AC: Evaluating what you are getting into. You have to look at the positives and negatives and really research what you want to do before you start a business. You have to really know what you are doing and plan as much as possible.

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