Originally Published by 1851Franchise

Professional athletes can be entrepreneurs and some invest in franchises.

Becoming a professional athlete was the ultimate dream for so many of us who woke up early or stayed late at practice as kids. Even as adults, we live vicariously through our sports icons each time we adjust our fantasy lineup or step onto the field with the office softball team. Daydreaming about hitting that walk-off home run or running back a kickoff for a touchdown makes anyone smile, but there are some harsh financial realities when it comes to being a pro athlete.

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