A very fine line between ultra competitiveness and ultra stupidity.
This article is a prime examle of why I like the fact that in Coughlins regime you cant lose your job to injury. Taylor says in the interview about his backup waiting to show that he can play through more pain and take his job if Tayor ls out to heal.
Players shouldnt feel like they have to make that decision.
Sorry, I feel no sympathy for guys making millions a yr to play a game. They have enough to last them a lifetime if they are smart. If they're stupid enough to squander their fortune, that's on them. How bout feeling sympathy for all the combat wounded war vets that are missing entire limbs & eyes, nose/ears/lips & are disfigured from being burned alive in a burning helo or tank. 100% disability is $3000+ a month for life compared to the millions these players get to play a game.
Amazing & pathetic how actors, musicians & athletes get more hype, recognition & praise than those of us that have volunteered to put our lives on the line for this ungrateful country.
However this is just a symptom of a bigger issue. Our Society, much like the ancient Romans, loves the "games," and the money generated by the owners of professional teams speaks volumes.
We will spend 30 bucks on a tee, a tee for goodness sake, just because of the logo printed or stitched on it. But when you wear the Uniform you get called horrendous names but certain people of a certain political leaning.
You know how many times people have said to me, "Thanks for serving" and yet try to F me over if it gets them ahead? I display a "Veteran" decal and yet still put up with sideways looks and all that.
You my friend are a hero to me because of what you do/ did. Any and all who wore the Uniform, be it Military, Law Enforcement deserve honor and respect.
As for "modern day gladiators," let's be for real. the allure of making so much money for playing a "game" is too great to be passed up.
Thanks for your service as well bro. What burns me even more is when some maggots have the audacity to pull the " no one forced you to serve/volunteer" card.
I'm an Iraq/Stan Marine combat vet who served with 2nd MarDiv 2/8 wpns co 81s plt from 1996-2004 & proudly held the rank of SGT of Marines.
I completely understand about not being able to pass up the millions to play a "game". I don't begrudge them that. What I have an issue with is all these players knew that playing in the NFL came with great risks of getting injured and retiring with nagging & life long injuries incurred while playing. But unlike us, who got paid a bucket of spit compared to what they got paid, to put our lives on the line 365 days a yr for 4-10-20 yrs! They got paid millions of dollars to play in game. We got paid a couple a thousand a month to possibly give up our lives in defense of our country.
So excuse me if I don't give a flying hoot about the woes of players that made millions playing a game.
LOL no excuse needed, you earned it. Hope it doesn't bother you hearing that from an Army M1 Tanker though. ;)
hooah to your hoo-rah [beer]