Fans of sports idolize players and put them at the level of superstars. From baseball, to football, to wrestling, superstars are across the sports landscape and are front and center in front of thousands of fans each night and millions more around the world. The spotlight they are under is why they are paid the big dollars, as it’s big business and a lot of pressure to live up to, to be a superstar athlete. That’s why, away from the fields and rings and arenas, these superstars have decided to live as normal people do, in small towns, small apartments, and small houses, in order to keep themselves away from the crowds or to save money for their future.
The one thing about professional sports is that the money isn’t guaranteed. One fluke injury and everything that superstar athlete worked for is gone in an instant. And if they didn’t save up, they better hope they have a great second career option in order to live or hope they didn’t lose their entire savings on buying flashing cars and houses. In this list, see a group of superstars who are staying humble, keeping their home purchases small, or staying away from the big cities of the world in order to find privacy away from the millions of fans who watch them every year cheering them on.
30 Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
Every week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, collectively known as the Authority on WWE television, are in front of thousands of fans and millions more around the world. So it should come as no surprise that the Game, the King of Kings, Triple H, and the heir to WWE Stephanie McMahon, make their home in Weston, Connecticut. Which makes perfect sense seeing as it’s minutes away from WWE headquarters in Stamford, and gives them a quiet life away from the massive crowds of people they see every week where they can raise their family.
29 Aaron Rodgers
Aaron Rodgers is considered to be the best player in the NFL, as voted by the players, and he is paid like it as well, as the superstar quarterback for the Green Bay Packers earns $22 million a season. But he didn’t live like a prince, even while dating Olivia Munn, as according to International Real Estate News, Rodgers just sold his Green Bay home for only $425,000. He purchased it back in 2005, and lived in it for some time before finally moving out, but it goes to show, even with millions of dollars, you don’t need a huge place for a swinging bachelor pad.
28 Randy Orton
Randy Orton grew up in St. Louis, and that is where his on-screen character is billed from, but the Viper actually makes his home in the suburbs of St. Louis in St. Charles, a community of 65,000 people. It’s weird to think of a guy who once was in Evolution with the limousine riding Ric Flair as living the suburban dad life, but that is exactly what Orton does with his family and kids. His light schedule in the WWE gives the veteran wrestler plenty of time at home and he doesn’t want to be spending it in large crowds of people.
27 Deion Sanders
Not everyone needs a ton of square footage to live, and while Deion Sanders, the former NFL superstar is used to the high-life, he has traded it in to go a little smaller. And by a little, we mean tiny. Sanders sold his 29,000 square foot mansion and moved into a 600 square foot tiny home, according to Realtor.com. It’s got him plenty of attention for his home, and Sanders said himself that he is a fan of the show Tiny Home Nation, which inspired him to think small and save a lot of money in the process.
26 Kirk Cousins
Kirk Cousins was one of the top quarterback prospects when he was drafted and earned millions with the Washington Redskins before signing his massive contract with the Minnesota Vikings. But during the off-season, he and his wife decided that they weren’t ready to leave the nest just yet and they lived in Cousins’ parent’s basement, according to CNBC. Many normal people stay with their parents long-term to save money, but in Cousins case, we’re going to say he could at least move out and still find a cheap option if he wanted, considering he is married and all.
25 Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella
Daniel Bryan and his wife, Brie Bella, enjoy the more simple life outside the wrong, especially considering their lives are on full display in their reality show Total Bellas. That is why on the show, Daniel and Brie moved into a small little home in Seattle, which needed some renovations because Daniel enjoys the minimal lifestyle and bought the place for the amazing view. It is to be their forever home, so when buying it, he cared more about the views than the square footage.
24 Stone Cold Steve Austin
Stone Cold Steve Austin was the biggest name in professional wrestling over the course of his career and to this day, is considering the biggest draw in sports entertainment. So after his in-ring time was finished, Austin moved to the Broken Skull Ranch in Tilden, Texas, an hour from San Antonio. People got to see his ranch on his own game show which he hosted from it, but it’s allowed Austin to enjoy the simple life of hunting, fishing and just being away from tons of people who would easily recognize the Texas Rattlesnake if he were in public.
23 Brock Lesnar
If you paid close attention to Bruce Buffer during Brock Lesnar’s last UFC fight, you would have heard him announce that Lesnar was from Saskatchewan, instead of anywhere in the United States. It’s well-documented that Lesnar doesn’t like people all that much, so he and his wife, former wrestler Sable, bought a bunch of land in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan that is very secluded from people, even to the point that there is no cellphone reception, and he has to drive to the end of his driveway to get a signal.
22 Ryan Kerrigan
Ryan Kerrigan did what most people do when they don’t have a wife to live with and don’t want to pay a lot for rent. They find a roommate. According to CNBC, Kerrigan, who signed a five-year $57.5 million contract with Washington, shares an apartment with his childhood friend. He even saves money by cooking himself and doesn’t splurge that often on going out to eat. It’s a smart choice for a football player, as their playing careers are generally short-lived.
21 Bobby Roode
Bobby Roode is simply glorious in the ring, as he is one of the best wrestlers the company has and has travelled around the world for many different promotions. The Canadian did live in the Great White North for some time, but according to Wrestle Zone, he and his family moved to Chesapeake, Virginia, which has a population of 222,000. It was also named the 21st best place city to live in, in the United States, by Bloomberg Businessweek, so it’s a great place for him to lay low and raise his family and not have to worry about them when he head son the road.
20 Kurt Angle
Kurt Angle is an Olympic Gold Medalist, who didn’t leave too far from his beginnings in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as he moved into a fairly good sized home in Coraopolis, a small community just outside of Pittsburgh, where he lives with his family. According to census information, Coraopolis had a population of 5,600 people, which is small for an Olympic Hero, at least according to Angle who played that character for years in his early days in WWE. But as he gets old, it’s turning into his forever home that he can rest in and look back on a strong career.
19 Shawn Michaels
The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, was originally from Texas and that is where he decided to stay after he hung up his boots for the last time, prior to his comeback match this past year. But Michaels has decided the Texas life is for him and he spends his time in San Antonio, Texas, teaching Bible school and living with his wife and family. It’s very different from the Rockstar life he lived as the main attraction back in the later 90s, but Michaels has had plenty of changes in his life that have resulted in him calming down and enjoying peace and quiet.
18 Andrew Chafin
Andrew Chafin is a relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks and if he wanted to, his home could be the stadium parking lot where Arizona plays their games. That’s because Chafin lives the simple life in an RV, a 42-foot recreational vehicle, according to AZ Central. It has everything he could want, a bed, a 55-inch television, and fridge for some beverages, so why spend the money on a massive house when an RV will do just nicely? Considering he doesn’t know how long he will play baseball and wants to save as much as he can, it was a perfect option for the pitcher.
17 Daniel Norris
Daniel Norris doesn’t live like the millionaire he is. Despite signing a $2 million contract his rookie season in Detroit, Norris decided to live the minimalist lifestyle and converted a camper into a tiny home that he lives in during the off-season. He also lives off $1,000 a month, according to CNBC. His advisors deposit the money into his account, which works out to be half of what someone would earn working minimum wage working full-time. Between March and September, his team takes care of most of his needs anyway, so why go spending a ton of money on a massive home?
The Big Red Machine Kane has been one of the WWE's longest in-ring performers but recently put himself on the map as he stepped out of the spotlight of wrestling and won the position of Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. Now sure, that will put Glenn Jacobs, the real name of Kane, in the crowds again, but it’s a pretty normal living now for a Professional Wrestler, who is working as part of the people of Knox County and not performing in front of them. Considering other wrestlers have run for Governor, this is pretty low-key in comparison.
Rhyno is commonly known by his nickname, the Man Beast, but maybe they should start calling him the Man Fish, as Rhyno did away with anything fancy, no big house or fast cars, but instead, has decided to live his life on a houseboat. According to Rhyno himself on Edge and Christian’s Podcast, he said he didn’t need the big house or really much material stuff in his life and was happy to be able to sail out into the water, away from everyone and just enjoy the peace and quiet he wouldn’t get in front of thousands of screaming WWE fans each week.
14 Seth Rollins
If any wrestling fan had to name states where wrestlers came from, Iowa would probably not make the list, but that is exactly where superstar Seth Rollins is from and where he currently lives today, as Rollins told Chris Jericho on his podcast that he loved Iowa still, and didn’t want to move to a large city and deal with all the people. He even opened up his own wrestling school there, as he said he wanted to help the guys who were from small areas get into the ring without having to travel to big cities with no money.
13 Matt Hardy
When Matt Hardy is announced and when he comes out on Monday Night RAW, he is said to be from Cameron, North Carolina. According to census reports, Cameron has a population of just 285 people, which would be the smallest city any wrestler is billed from in the WWE, other than perhaps, Parts Unknown. Hardy has lived there his entire life and along with his brother Jeff, started his own wrestling promotion, OMEGA Wrestling, where it was more backyard than anything. Today, he lays low in the small town, except on occasions where he brings the crowd along to the Hardy Compound as part of videos for his Broken Matt Hardy gimmick.
12 The Miz
The Miz and Maryse are WWE’s A-List couple and lived up the glam life in Los Angeles for many years. But then, a baby came along and that changed everything, as Miz and Maryse needed a great place to raise their new family and decided that Austin, Texas was the best location to move to. They do have reality show cameras with them, as the move was documented on their new show Miz and Mrs., but to get a normal life for their family, a move away from the busy Hollywood lifestyle needed to happen.
11 Edge and Beth Phoenix
Edge and Beth Phoenix both are WWE Hall of Famers and when they got married and retired, they wanted to go to a place to raise their two daughters without a lot of people around, and where they could enjoy retirement away from the ring. So the Rated R Superstar and the Glamazon moved to Asheville, North Carolina, which Edge said on his podcast is up in the mountains, keeping them secluded enough that they don’t need to worry about any fans tracking them down.