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Ravens’ John Urschel drives 2013 Nissan he bought for $9,000 (photo)

John Urschel is entering his second year in the NFL after being selected in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2014 NFL Draft. Given his later-round draft status, obviously does not make as much money as some of his NFL brethren. But he does make a very good living compared to the average person, earning $564,000 in salary and bonuses during his rookie year.

Urschel is an extremely frugal fellow — he insists he lives on $25,000 a year — who clearly understands that nothing is guaranteed, especially in the cutthroat world of the NFL. This might help explain why he drives a 2013 Nissan Versa he paid $9,000 for shortly after being drafted, an expenditure he justified by calling the car a gift to himself.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound guard, who refers to the Versa as his “dream car,” created a bit of interest in his economical ride (similar to the buzz created by Alfred Morris rolled into Washington Redskins camp as a rookie in his 1991 Mazda) by tweeting a photograph of it parked in between two gargantuan vehicles at  Ravens training camp.

That’s a small car for a big man.

Urschel explained all that is wonderful about his Nissan to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

“It’s great on gas. It’s surprisingly spacious,” he said. “And you know what the best feeling is? You’re driving into a parking deck, it’s near full and you’re on the first level and there is that space that everyone has passed because they said, ‘No, we can’t park in there.’ And I take my Versa and I just go right in there. I’m on the first level, parking lot full and everyone else is parking on the upper deck where the car is getting hot. I’m not even taking the stairs.”

Urschel is viewed as one of the smartest players in the NFL. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Penn State in three years, reserving his senior year in school to earn a master’s degree in mathematics.

But it’s his sweet ride, not his big brain, that’s garnering him all the attention.

[H/T Business Insider]