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Seattle Seahawks: Charlie Whitehurst Teaching Us How to Fail Upwards

RENTON, WA - CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Charlie Whitehurst of the Seattle Seahawks poses for his 2010 NFL headshot circa 2010 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIIMarch 18, 2012

When I grow up I want to be just like Charlie Whitehurst.

Hear me out folks...

While the rest of us hold our breath waiting for Peyton Manning to make a decision, "Clipboard Jesus" after two less than stellar seasons in Seattle, saw his chance to cash in and did so.

Yet, it's not so much that Whitehurst managed to get a job that is amazing.  Nor is it the fact that he signed with, of all teams, the San Diego Chargers—his original team.

No, the best part is this gem shared by Pro Football Talk late Friday night...

"A source with knowledge of the contract tells PFT that Whitehurst’s deal is worth $4 million over two years, with a $1 million signing bonus."

$4 million dollars, with a $1 million bonus.

Think about it. 

Here's someone who has never really excelled at what he's doing as a professional, getting guaranteed money from a team that gave up on him two years earlier—that in itself takes talent. 

It might be too late for me to change careers along with the majority of you as readers.

But for anyone with children, it might be time to switch gears from calculus, physics or learning a foreign language and take a page from the book of Charlie. 

The key is to not overachieve.  Face it, being a starting quarterback in the NFL comes with lots of responsibility and can lead to injury, not to mention massive public scrutiny if you somehow fail.

By comparison, being the backup quarterback is a wonderful gig with minimal risk.  You get to dress the part, but avoid all of the sticky issues that come with the job.  With the odd chance you are called into action, you're still bulletproof.

If you fail to perform, it's to be expected given you haven't played in ages and simply aren't cut out for the task; however, if you succeed, you're golden. 

I'll confess, I'm insanely jealous right now and as much as I'm joking here, it's Charlie who is laughing all the way to the bank. 

Who knew he had it in him?

Seriously, the only easier job in all of San Diego would be forecasting the weather...

Goodbye, Clipboard Jesus, I'd wish you luck and good fortune, but clearly you've got us all beat.

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