OK, I’m starting the new year off with a sports post. Wait ladies, don’t go away (not you AP, I know you’ll read anything sports) this sort of transcends sports.
There were two unusual events at this Sunday’s NFL games. One demonstrated the wrong way to win and influence people (fans), the other the polar opposite.
BAD – ASS ACT
Antonio Brown, a Hall of Fame caliber star receiver for Tampa Bay (he catches the ball) abruptly left his team and the field during the game.
It is speculated that he was upset as he was not on track to meet specific goals to qualify for as much as $1,000,000 in performance bonuses. This explanation probably does not cover the whole story. Antonio has had a troubled past and clearly has some internal demons to excise.
This simple action has him off the team and probably forever out of the league. It will cost him a job worth lots of money, potential endorsements, prestige and more. I do have sympathy for him as he clearly has issues he cannot shake and does need some help.
GOOD- CLASS ACT
Jalen Hurts, the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles (he throws the ball) almost had his career cut short in an off the field accident.
While heading to the locker room after he led his team to victory, raved Eagles Fans (who are raved like no other fans) pushed over a metal barrier trying to see and or touch the star QB. Jalen just managed to avoid the crash. Some stars in this situation might just side step the fan pileup and jog on into the locker room. Jalen stopped, made sure the fans were not hurt, helped them up, and then posed for selfies with the fans until security ushered him away.
Two extraordinary talented athletes, one with a him-against-the-world bad attitude, the other with an appreciation for the game, his talent, and the fans that allow him to play for money.
One will probably end up broke, spiritually and financially, throwing away his God given talent and a ton of hard work to develop that talent.
The other will probably forever remain a fan favorite even if he does not bring his team a championship.
I know many people do not appreciate or understand sports, but the games do teach us all more about life than just winning and losing.