Athletes Who Seriously Hate Their Jobs
It might be NBA Draft night, but before a new crop of rookies get selected and fly off to their new cities, they might want to make sure that being a pro athlete is absolutely what they want to do with their life.
Being rich and playing a sport is great and all, but there are some guys that probably dislike the job requirements a little bit more than you'd think.
After all, it is work—and these are the athletes who hate clocking in.
Although eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi doesn't play tennis anymore, he admitted a few years back after calling it quits how much he didn't actually enjoy the game while he was swinging around his racket for a living.
Seems weird to me—especially since he's married to women's tennis icon Steffi Graf and does numerous tennis appearances with her—but if he says he hated it, than I guess he really meant it.
Any 2006 NFL First Round Quarterback
Coming out of college, quarterbacks Vince Young (No. 3 overall), Matt Leinart (No. 10 overall) and Jay Cutler (No. 11 overall) were all expected to be game-changers and the future of great football tossers for the next decade.
Young won the "Offensive Rookie of the Year," flamed out and then went bankrupt.
Leinart never really dedicated himself to the game, and has now bounced around as a backup the past couple of seasons.
And though Cutler has seen success, you can't tell me he enjoys everything that comes with being a starting quarterback in the NFL—like the criticism and talking to the media.
For these three, never fully devoting themselves to the game, I'm not convinced they loved going to work each day—but definitely loved the night life.
Josh Hamilton has really fallen off the map in recent years.
After taking home AL MVP honors in 2010, J-Ham hasn't exactly enjoyed the same success in the seasons since, struggling with consistency and leaving pretty much everyone wondering the same question, "Where has he been?"
The Angels may have tossed him a huge deal this past offseason, so he's definitely earning bank, but he's not as feared as he was just a few years ago.
Pro golfer Sergio Garcia's life isn't so grand right about now.
Always touted as "the next big challenger" to Tiger Woods, the Spaniard hasn't really lived up to the hype, dropping an oh-fer on any Major titles since being a pro in 1999.
When you add in his recent spat with Woods and the taunting he received from the crowd at this year's U.S. Open, it's easy to see why this guy might be a little frustrated.
Major League pitcher Octavio Dotel doesn't make this list because he hates the job or work it takes to maintain an athletic career—that I know of—but rather because of all the headaches of relocating as much as he has.
See, Dotel has played for a record 13 different teams over the course of his 15-year career, meaning he has to deal with packing and unpacking a hell of a lot more often than other athletes.
I've hated moving twice in the past six years, so doing it seemingly after each season would drive me insane.
Is there a more fitting name in the NHL then that of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien's "Big Buff?"
While some may attribute that to a player's physical strength, Byfuglien's seems to be perfect because of how monstrous his belly is.
Should all be impressed at the fact that he was able to skate as heavy as he was, or upset that he's a pro athlete who could care less about his weight?
As someone who has bashed big-league pitching for a total of 426 career home runs in his 13 seasons, slugger Adam Dunn has shown an enormous talent to go yard.
There's just one little problem with "The Big Donkey"—he whiffs a lot!
If Dunn's not rounding the bases, he's walking back to the dugout after a strikeout, something that you'd think he'd try to correct in his career.
But no, he just seems content with getting paid crazy money to crush a baseball and get by on God-given talent than actually working at improving his hitting.
New York Giants Wide Receivers
Winning a Super Bowl together just a few years ago, you'd think that Giants wideouts Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz would understand what it takes to capture the Lombardi trophy.
But oh how they have forgotten.
After being MIA from the voluntary offseason training program—really pissing off head coach Tom Coughlin—Nicks finally returned, though didn't really give a reason why he wasn't there in the first place.
As for Cruz, his omission is contract-related, and just because he's been working out doesn't mean he's not falling behind on building continuity with his teammates.
These things might not be mandatory, but come on, it's the NFL, everything is mandatory.
As I pointed out in my piece the other day, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez should just stop talking these days because he can't be taken seriously with all his shenanigans off the field.
Sure, Sanchez helped "manage" the offense his first two seasons in helping the Jets get to two-straight AFC title games, but he's a bogus decision-maker besides that.
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt to see if the drafting of fellow signal-caller Geno Smith really did spark a fire under his ass to win the starting gig, but if not, it's blatantly obvious that he enjoys all the perks of being an athlete, just not the work it takes.
Does that look like the face of a guy who loves what he's doing every night?
Not to me.
Although Dwight Howard is regarded as the best center in the league right now, his lack of motivation, indecision and aloofness seems to alter how good he can really be.
This was shown by his frustration during Game 4 of the Lakers opening-round loss to the Spurs, where he opted to just get tossed, rather than stick around for the beat down.
Calling his lone season (thus far?) in Los Angeles a 'nightmare,' Howard showed he definitely isn't "Hollywood."
Thanks to fellow B/R Featured Columnist Eric Newman, I was given the name of Apa Sherpa.
When he first tossed Sherpa's name out there, I had no idea who the hell this guy was, but upon doing a little research, it was clear he hated his gig.
As someone who climbed and peaked Mt. Everest 21 times—no easy task—he actually admitted that he hated hiking.
It might not be a mainstream sport, but it should be pointed out that this guy wasn't a fan of his profession very much.
If you asked my opinion on the one NBA player who just seems to enjoy all the attention without actually doing any work, it'd be Andrew Bynum.
The kid is an enormous talent—both in height and in production, as he proved in 2011—but after enduring serious knee problems over the course of his career, he seems less inclined to get back to an All-Star level and happy to sit back and entertain fans in other ways.
If he dedicated himself to just hoops, Bynum would be a franchise cornerstone—I just don't see him wanting to do that.