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Money Well Spent
Farrell Evans
November 24, 2003
One draftee used the cash from his loan to take care of his mom
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November 24, 2003

Money Well Spent

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One draftee used the cash from his loan to take care of his mom

Torrin Tucker is a mama's boy. Rather than use the $90,000 line of credit he obtained last December from Datatex Sports Management to purchase an Escalade and some diamonds, the 6'6", 329-pound rookie tackle for the Dallas Cowboys paid the medical bills of his mother, Hattie, who suffers from diabetes. "My mother wasn't working," says Tucker, 23. "I had to take care of business."

Yet when he was bypassed in last April's draft (he was projected to be a second-round pick), the former Southern Miss standout was faced with paying Datatex back the $90,000, plus 8% interest, a total of $97,200. As a free agent he received only a $10,500 signing bonus from Dallas—but fortunately for him and Datatex, he was activated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster on Oct. 1, and his weekly salary increased from $4,100 to $15,000.
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