Re: The NFL will suffer greatly...and, for what?
posted at 9/28/2010 5:20 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The NFL will suffer greatly...and, for what?
[QUOTE]Chris, I'm sorry it had to be you bro and that wasn't an attack on you personally. It was just a place for me to get it out. I understand your point, I just don't agree with it.
Posted by Sam-Adams[/QUOTE]
Here's where I am coming from and I have told this story here before:
I have two brothers who played college ball, one baseball, one football.
They started playing at around seven years of age and they played several sports. It didn't take long before they were aware that they needed to succeed in at least one sport so they could go to college, and then hopefully, play pro sports.
Starting out, they loved playing, but as the years dragged, it became like a job. But they continued, because - again - they needed it to go to college.
James became the Southern CA little league MVP in the CA All Star game one year, out of 38,000 kids.
Mike set all kinds of football records along the way. he joined one prominent school football program after a move, on a Friday, then played Saturday, scoring four TDs.
Both became stand-out atheletes at Matre Dei (sp) in California.
Mike tore his shoulder socket to shreds tackling a guy on an interception return. He continued to play the game on all squads. His doctor said that his shoulder was so bad from the years of pounding it took as a DB, RB and special teamer, that he had, "the shoulder of a 50-y.o. man." He was surgically repaired and with the help of my dad, who placed kids in colleges based on their sports skills, got into Princeton for $3K a year in the mid-'90s, as a CB. He was courted by multiple coaches in the Ivy. The Brown coach told him he could pick any position to play except QB, he wanted Mike that much (they won the Ivy Championship with that coach). Mike ran a sub-4.3, the fastest guy in the Ivy League when he played. As a JV player, he got hurt in the 3rd game, tackled on his ankle while returning an INT. He re-habbed and was even faster, but got hurt the following season with another severe sprain, tackled the same way, on another INT return. The next year, the Ivy dropped JV squads. He was going to be one starting CB, paired with a senior on the other side. But a rich donor came along and bought a building for Princeton on the caveat that his freshman son got to play starting CB for Princeton. That kid was bad. Rather than sit behind a lame CB, Mike quit the team. His body was a wreck, anyway. Yeah, he got the education, but it has not payed off career-wise in this economy and he will be suffering those injuries within a few years, and for the rest of his life. Not a great pay-off.
James got his baseball scholarship to Santa Clara and was so good that the coach benched him routinely for playing too well, such as when he hit back-to-back HRs to start a game, the coach sat him for the rest of the game, lest James get noticed by scouts. The coach wanted to build a championship team around James and didn't want James drafted before that happened. He kept him well hid.
So James transferred to UF, where that coach summarily benched him, too. This is not a kid with an attitude. He was very popular and attended all of his practices. He finally had a pow-wow with his coach, begging for game time and was rewarded. By the end of that week, he had set a UF batting record, hitting 2 HRs, a triple, a double and a walk in one game. He also set the records for longest HRs at The U's field - 570 feet. He his another HR at UF, across Stadium Ave, over Tobert Hall and into a quad, as pictured here -http://maps.google.com/maps?f=s&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-bk-gm&utm_medium=ha&utm_term=google%20maps
The announcers claimed to never have seen a HR hit as far by anybody, at any level. He led the SEC in HRs and is one of UF's all-time slugging leaders. When he was playing with his friend Dave Eckstein, he was slugging 50 points higher.
See stats for Eidam, J., at this link. You can see that in just two seasons he became one of UF's all-time batting leaders in slugging and HRs: http://www.gatorzone.com/baseball/history.php#14
But a new coach arrived. That coach was a holy roller and resented any player who did not convert. When the team finished a mere 3rd in the college world series, that coach eight-balled all of the seniors to the pro scouts. Not one senior was drafted from a team that finished third in the NCAA!!!! To make it worse, after all those games my brother was benched, punished for being too good, in that, his senior year he was hit in the hand by fastballs twice in the first week of the season. That temporary
injury of nerve damage skewed his batting stats for the first half of the season. With a maniacal coach that was embittered against him and the other seniors, my bother didn't have a voice on his behalf to explain to the scouts why his batting stats were down for the year. On top of that, UF lied to him about accepting him for their business school They stuck him with a useless degree in theology, so he didn't even get the benefit of a useful, marketable education. In addition, James was a star pitcher in the CA little league and high school levels, but was over-pitched and his throwing arm damaged. He was made a one-trick pony because of several exploitive coaches. He was too nice and accommodating to say "no" to his teams and coaches.
For every pro player that makes big bucks, there are literally thousands of players that got used and abused like my two brothers. For any pro to survive the gauntlet, they deserve every penny. Hey, we've got CEOs, CFOs, CCOs that ruin companies and are paid many more times what the average pro athlete is paid. Some of them become pro team owners.