Dec 31, 2020

NGPF Podcast: Former NFL player Ryan Harris on how financial education changes lives

Ryan Harris knows what it takes to win. He spent ten years in the NFL protecting the quarterback's "blind side" as a left tackle. Late in his career, he earned that coveted Super Bowl ring protecting Peyton Manning as a Denver Bronco in Super Bowl 50. His playing days behind him, Ryan now has his eye on a new prize, building financial capability in America's youth. Get ready to be inspired! As noted by NGPF podcast producer, Ren Makino, this is a great podcast to end the year with. Happy New Year! 


  • 0:00~1:42 Introduction
  • 1:42~11:01 Ryan’s football background
  • 11:01~17:23 Figuring out finances while playing in the NFL
  • 17:23~17:46 A word from NGPF
  • 17:46~19:11 Personal finance among professional athletes
  • 19:11~20:54 The Mindset for Mastery
  • 20:54~24:48 Transitioning to a life away from football
  • 24:48~27:25 Speaking about financial literacy
  • 27:25~29:49 Motivation to get back up
  • 29:49~33:16 Leadership and winning teams 
  • 33:16~34:33 A message to personal finance teachers
  • 34:33~36:09 Conclusion



  • “Financial literacy not only changed how I look at money but it really created the success I needed because I didn’t have to go chase money... Financial literacy plays out and strengthens you in ways you’ll never know until you need it.”


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About the Author

Tim Ranzetta

Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.

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