Re: Rodney Harrison says
posted at 1/31/2013 3:11 PM EST
For a long time, all we've heard from NFLPA and players concerning their apparent overly large pay checks, is the standard: "We have a short career, and have to make the money while we can." While I can appreciate this thought due to the physicallity of the game, I also weigh in that the players KNOW what they are up against, and are taking the risk for the money, fame, glory (potential SB champ), and, dare we say, "legacy". Yet, while they say this, they cry about injuries, and being able to functon as a human being 25 years after they retire. My questions is basic: which side of the bread do they want the cheese on?
If they're smart and intelligent (??) enuf to make the claim of a short career, why aren't they smart enuf to understand that boo boo owies WILL happen to them, some career shortening, when they accept the risk? It's as if they want to walk into a guaranteed "I'll be taken care of for the rest of my life, and if seriously injured, I'll sue the bejeesus out of thise greedy owners for doing this to me!" life.
Players ARE getting bigger, faster, and stronger, many with "pharmacutical assistance" at some point in their lives. So, if these bigger, faster, stronger players are careening around hitting the other bigger, faster, stronger players, where is their understanding that they are doing it to themselves? I'll assume that the players themselves really don't care about the potential impacts, as they still do it, showing a callous disregard to other athletes on the same field. If they did, they'd make adjustments in how they play.
Why not sue that DB that gave the OLman the crackback clock that tore his ACL? Or, the DL who's facemask the RB stuck his hand into while trying to go around the end, caused 4 broken fingers? How about suing the groundskeeping supervisior, when a WR makes a cut in his route, and tears up his knee when the turf has no "give"? A class-action suit against the helmet manufacturer, when the starting All Pro QB hits breaks his hand on an obviously too hard helmet?
These guys know, or SHOULD know and understand what risks they are running while seeking their fame, fortune, glory, and legacy at $2.5MM per year. Yet, they slough this off.
"Yes, officer. I know that driving without functioning brakes in a car is a bad thing to do, but no one told me that the brakes in THIS car were that bad, or were going to fail!"
"Yes, yiour honor. I realize that being involved in a bar room fight with three obvious Hells Angels is probably not the prudent thing to do, but none of them told me that if I didn't stop fighting back I'd get this knife in my ribs."
AW, COME ON, MAN!!!