Loyalty and Pro Athletes: They Go Together Just Like a Horse and Carriage!

Christopher WhalenCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2009

Alex Rodriguez is a very loyal man for the New York Yankees. He loyally takes his $28 million a season, and will continue to until 2014.He soldiers on every day, staying completely loyal to New York without any complaints. He needs to be placed along with webster's definition of loyalty, at least on a poster for the quality itself.

Just think how loyal more athletes could be to their teams if they were able to garner the kind of contracts that A-Rod has come into.  Take December of 2000, he loyally accepted $252 million for 10 years.  Then again in December of 2007, he once more found the loyalty to sign take $270 million for another 10 years. These contracts weren't with the same team though. The first deal was with the Rangers, then the latter with the Yankees.

Hold on a minute.  Wait that's not loyalty?  Maybe it is loyalty after all. It's self loyalty.

The Yankees slugger is not alone when it comes to professional players in this era being loyal only to me, myself, and I. Kevin Garnett, Mark Texiera, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Peyton Manning, and many others get their "market value" and then a little extra on the top.  

Two pairs of teammates above in two different sports were even generous enough to both be "loyal" and leave enough money to field a whole team. Nice job to you gentlemen!

It's become the sports culture to get what-you-can while-you-can with all these agents having so many hands in our games now. Even the players who are not represented by someone use an agent negotiated financial agreement as a point of reference for their own contract.

It's a good thing fans are loyal to their teams. Well I mean most fans. OK a lot of fans stay loyal. Alright many fans are loyal, many are not.

Maybe you have to be loyal to yourself before you are loyal to your team. No, that was true to yourself before anyone else. There's too many sayings out there.

I'm sure there are cases of loyalty with players to their teams out there. But they seem to be hidden behind the Latrell Spreewells having "a family to feed" and the Carlos Boozers who are opting out of his contract after this season no matter what happens. Please don't worry Utah fans he "wants to see what will happen with the Jazz and stay here."

If only loyalty was down loadable into your brain like software. You would understand it all, then use the principles of the program and remain objective. 

I'd buy that program, wouldn't you? But that might depend on how much it costs too.

The most "loyal" of athletes are in MLB. There is no salary cap, luxury tax be damned.

Seems that the product of our sports could be much better if salaries were more divided instead of having the Upper class, and the much more upper class. Teams management would not have to tax themselves over the effort to remain below a league's salary cap. Trades would be accomplished with less difficulty, less head ache's would emerge from owners and general managers. 

Notice the players who perform better in the final year of their contracts hoping for a larger pay day the next season. Eddy Curry with the Chicago Bulls, Andruw Jones of the Atlanta Braves, very nicely done.

It's been proved that making millions of dollars while playing "a game" can and does lead to complacency. 

Ron Artest was so complacent that he promoted his record label.

Maybe Steve Francis, Stephon Marbury and Anfernee Hardaway wouldn't have had to "suffer" on their teams benches with those large contracts if true loyalty among the players existed.

Think of all the teams through the years that could have been better or even competitive if their players took loyalty to heart, instead of to their wallets. The Yankees from 2001-2008, the Braves from 1991-2006, the Red Sox of any year in the nineties until recently, and basically any other team in any other pro sport that is not the Patriots, Lakers, Detroit Red Wings or Boston Celtics. Let's not leave out every Chicago Cubs, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Clippers teams from their inception. 

Let's hope that we as sports fan's witness loyalty's rebirth into the professional ranks. It's lost in the past and fan's minds for now.

When the NHL leads the way in lowest dollars-per-contract year among its athletes it's a long ways off toward progress.

I know the money being made from all the ticket sales, merchandising, and television revenue sharing has to go some where. It does not have to filter to so few people while those who spectate these sports suffer for entertainment value. 

When players have guaranteed millions coming to them fundamentals do not matter. I'm sure they sound good to every player though.

There is a chance that loyalty could make a comeback in sports in 2010. If every team goes bankrupt.

Loyalty is just a word anyways. What's one word?