Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury reveals how he thought he’d be ‘super rich’
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury might have been a real estate guru in another life.
Kingsbury told ESPN’s Jordan Schultz he believed he would move to Dallas to sell houses after obtaining a business management degree from Texas Tech University.
"I would've been super rich. This would've been chump change … "
Kliff Kingsbury says he would've made the big bucks if he would've done real estate 😂
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 22, 2020
Kingsbury joked he would have been “super rich” had he gone into real estate, even going so far as to say his head coaching salary would be “chump change” compared to his potential haul as an agent.
Obviously, Kingsbury’s career took a bit of a different turn.
The 40-year-old became the head coach at his alma mater in 2013, leading the Red Raiders to three bowl games in six seasons. However, he finished his tenure with a losing record after being fired at the end of the 2018 season.
Nevertheless, the Cardinals hired Kingsbury in January of 2019, hoping his reputation as a quarterback guru might rub off positively on Josh Rosen. Kingsbury had other ideas.
Kingsbury quickly made it known he wanted to draft Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick, and the Cardinals obliged.
Murray and Kingsbury went 5-11 in their first year in Arizona, but the 2020 campaign will be the real proving ground.
The Cardinals were among the most active teams in the offseason, making a number of additions to the front seven while also pulling off a blockbuster to acquire star wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins.
Arizona also used their first-round pick to select former Clemson star safety Isaiah Simmons, who can play in coverage as a traditional safety or move up in the box and rush the passer.
Kingsbury might believe his real estate haul would have been bigger than his current contract, but he could also stand to see a pay raise if the Cardinals show major improvement in the next few years.