Kalispell Native And NFL Quarterback Comes Back To Coach

Denver Broncos quarterback, and Kalispell native, Brock Osweiler enjoys a "mini-reunion" today at Flathead High School.

He coached students from his alma mater at the game he knows best, but with a spin.

When Osweiler first got to Arizona State, he quickly made an impact on the field as a true freshman, but he was still a freshman when it came to his finances.

He was the Sun Devils first true freshman since 1993, but making a budget wasn't something he was used to doing fresh out of high school.

"You know, I was used to living on like $40 a week, 20 was for gas, 20 was for food. That's what it was in high school. So I'm 18 years old and I just picked up a $1,200 check and I'm like dang, I get one of these very month?" recalled Osweiler.

So after spending most of his first scholarship check on a big screen tv and hot wings, he learned his lesson.

Today, he got to show off what he's learned to some Flathead high schoolers.

"It's something that I've experienced firsthand," said Osweiler.

To really drive the lesson home, they played a game of financial football, a game developed by Visa that mixes plays with multiple choice questions.

"There were a lot of things on there that I didn't know and a lot of personal finance questions and about student loans, which will be really helpful when I go to college," said Monica White, one of the juniors who played.

Osweiler's team ended up winning by just a hair over commissioner of securities and insurance Monica Lindeen's.

Lindeen is working with Visa to get the game going in high school classrooms across Montana after its Flathead debut. She says her office works to make sure people of all ages know how to save money for the future and manage their finances.

Osweiler really took to coaching.

"This is where I grew up. This is where I went to high school and you know this is where I played football, basketball," said Osweiler, "I saw all my old teachers today, and you know it wasn't that long ago that I was sitting in their business class."

"It was really cool to see him come back to his hometown and his home high school and to know that we are at the same place where an NFL star came from," said White.

Financial football is already in 44 states. It's part of an educational campaign with Visa and the NFL that puts players in the classroom.

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