Disposable income is a good thing. Enough disposable income to buy some great rides like a Ferrari FF, Porsche Panamera or a Bugatti Veyron is great. More than enough disposable income to buy one of these cars and trick it out is the best. With no shortage of cash for their hard work, NFL stars create some of the coolest customizable rides that minds can think up.
Chris Johnson – 1973 Chevrolet Caprice
Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson sure knows how to trick out his autos. Actually, his collection is quite extensive and ranges from an orange pearlescent Chevy Camaro, an all-pink BMW and a yellow and green Chevrolet Caprice. Even better, it rides on custom yellow rims as big as the sun (or 30 inches) and is lifted feet off the ground. Johnson started his career as the first round draft pick for the Tennessee Titans in 2008 before moving on to his current role.
Johnson’s Caprice is the second-generation of the vehicle which made it’s debut in 1966 and has recently made a resurgence as a Police Patrol Vehicle. The second generation came equipped with a 350 cu. in. small block V8 up to a 454 cu. in. big block V8 coming in at a whopping 7.4 liters of displacement which led to the production of 365 horsepower. The NFL star’s model is the convertible, but it also came as a coupe, sedan or station wagon.
Delanie Walker – 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442
Theres something about the Tennessee Titans and their tricked out rides. Delanie Walker, their tight end, likes to show off his 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass for a good reason – it’s cool! The 248 pound NFL star is a big guy with a car that has even bigger personality. Custom rims, lowered suspension and wing doors. His convertible is whited out and can lower the roof for a night out on the town.
Originally, the 1972 442 came with FE2 suspension upgrades, upgraded rims and a unique grill to show off its “442-ness”. The 1972 was the last model year for the second generation of the 442 as it continued on into 1991 as a sixth generation before being phased out.
There’s no doubt that Walker and Johnson dreamed of their classic rides in the locker room during their time together in the Titans. The domestic classics are both convertibles, tricked out and are only one model-year apart from each other.
Ray Rice – 2006 Range Rover Sport
Ray Rice, a current running back free agent once with the Baltimore Ravens, has the perfect NFL star car. His tricked out ride is standard by NFL players across the country but continues to peak the interest of the public. His blacked out Range Rover Sport has 390 horsepower produced by a 4.4 liter V8. Unsurprisingly, the nearly 3 ton AWD SUV gets 12 miles per gallon compared to current vehicles with less personality like the 2016 Prius which boasts 58 miles per gallon and less than half the horsepower. Chromed out wheels and added bling make his ride stand out which is big, comfortable and off-road worthy enough to endure Baltimore snow storms. He probably expects the weather since he calls New York his home state. After all, what fun is a tricked out car if it spends half the year stored away?
Robert Mathius is a Chicago suburb native who currently lives in Tinley Park. He has a passion for the automotive industry in addition to journalism and works to blend his two passions in his writing. Additional automotive reporting by Robert can be found on Examiner.com.