Note: I've decided to post this in the FanPosts because honestly, I don't want first-time visitors to see this and roll out after seeing what I've got to say here. It's not gonna be pretty.
So here's the deal. I'm not envious of NFL players because they've got money. I'm not envious of them because they're revered as icons. No, it's much more simple than that. I'm envious of NFL players because they do something that very few people have the talent to do; obviously, they play football for a living. Honestly, how much better can it get? The monster salary and having people worship the ground you walk on sounds awesome, but the fact that they're getting paid at all to do something that I'm sure many of you, myself included, would do for free? That's the best part of it all.
However, there are some players who just don't get it. They just don't seem to be able to process that what they've got in front of them is an opportunity to represent their families, their home towns, their schools, and most importantly, themselves on the biggest stage in the United States and they treat it like a huge joke. Wanna know something? That pisses me off.
From the first time I stepped on a football field, I knew it was what I wanted to do when I was grew up. Now, those dreams of playing in the NFL or even getting a full Division I scholarship are beginning to fade. The chance of me going to play for a Division I football program on a scholarship are pretty slim. D-II is still an option, D-III if that doesn't work out, but D-I and the pros are looking farther and farther away every day. It sucks to know that you've invested your life in something that will never end up giving you anything but heartbreak in the end. Regardless, I'll still work every day until they make me hang up my cleats for good. I won't stop until they tell me that I'm done, and even then I might still try to make it, but the fact is that about 1% of the top college athletes make it to the NFL and even then, the average career lasts about, what, 4 years? No way I can look to this as a viable long-term career option, let alone bank on it.
However, there are those who can. This isn't an attack on amazing athletes who are just born with talent, no I'm not that bitter, this is an all out fucking war on the amazing athletes who are born with natural talent and end up throwing it all away.
For some guys, it's possible to debate whether or not a meddling coach got in the way of success, or maybe some kind of freak injury lead to depression, perhaps their heart just wasn't in it so they left the sport. Nothing wrong with that. What I'm talking about are the ones who are given repeated chances to to live their dream and continually fuck it up because they just don't have the guts to tough it out and work hard, yet they continue to take the roster spot of someone out there who's going to work his ass off for you and produce the same results.
I never really had a problem with JaMarcus Russell until I saw this. Surely you've got to be kidding me. Surely, it's supposed to read "Russell fires life coach, begins comeback attempt with team X." No? Really? JaMarcus Russell was fired by his life coach? Are you fucking serious? I can't believe that someone out there was denied the chance to play in the NFL because of this jackoff. It's gotten to the point where I feel both an incredible anger and a painful sadness whenever someone says Russell's name, he is after all, another human being, but mostly it's anger. JaMarcus was literally kicked out of the city by a guy whose job it is to rehabilitate young athletes. He was so lazy and so unmotivated that he runs the risk of never playing in the NFL again after it's only been four years since he was deemed the best player in college football and picked number one overall.
If this were a case of a guy who just didn't have the talent we thought he did, I'd probably be ok with that. But that's not the case at all is it? JaMarcus, I wish you no ill-will, but you just went and pissed all over my dreams buddy. Reality has set in: fuck what you heard, a guy who probably hasn't touched a weight since he broke into the league is getting paid tens of millions of dollars to do literally nothing is gaming the system while the ones who would kill to be there are stuck at home being bitter about it.