The General, and The Illegal Smuggling Of Contraband Diapers In The NFL

Dayne DurantiCorrespondent IJune 25, 2009

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 30: Linebacker Derrick Brooks #55 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers watches play against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on November 30, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

There is a youth movement in the NFL and you had better not stand in it's way.

Veteran players are being disregarded like yesterday's trash. The veterans that are still fortunate enough to find themselves on a roster are laughed at and not taken seriously by the younger players.

The younger players know it all. They are stronger, they are faster and they are foolish.

Isn't this a life lesson? Doesn't this phenomenon happen in all aspects of life?

I suppose it does.

How do you react to this if you are a player like Derrick Brooks?

No doubt a future Hall of Famer. One of the most highly decorated field Generals in Professional Football history.

Tossed to the curb after more than a decade of faithful service to the Buccaneers.

"Too slow, too old, cant keep up with the schemes." They said.

Brooks now sits at home waiting for a call from a franchise, a team that might need his wisdom and genius.

A call from a team that is not afraid to employ a thirty-six year old senior citizen.

Rumor has it that the Saints may be interested in his services. 

I hope so.

Because then the young Bucs can face their mistake at least twice this season.

With the success of Matt Ryan and Joe Flaco last season, every team is on the youth bandwagon.

If I was a gambling man, I would put my money on the fact that at least one of the aforementioned young hotshots gets drilled into the 1970s.

As the youngster sits on the turf, rocking gently fore and aft, cross eyed and sucking his thumb he will muster the strength to look up for only a second.

Enough time to see the number 55 walking away.