Stress? Urban Meyer Needs a Lesson in Real Stress

Josh RutledgeCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 27:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the University of Florida Gators speaks during a press conference on December 27, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Meyer is going to take a leave of absense from the team due to health concerns.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Urban Meyer is an enigma. Who knows what is really going on in his life, or better, his head?

But one thing we do know is that Meyer is stressed—or least he says he is stressed.

I think that's a joke. 

Love him or hate him, Meyer's back-and-forth weekend is a joke in the grand scheme of things, and he needs a jolt of reality. He lives in a fairy world if he thinks he is stressed.

Put simply, if you have the opportunity to end all of your stress, then it's not stress. Real stress is something that a person has to deal with in his or her life.

When a single mother is working three jobs, trying to feed children at home, while holding off the bank from foreclosing her home, that is stress.

When a kid is flying on a plane to Afghanistan as a soldier, that is stress. When a businessman is watching his 30-year-old business plummeting, that is stress. When parents find drugs in their child's room, that is stress.

The root of stress is an unavoidable situation. It's a situation that cannot be changed or ignored.

Urban Meyer can walk away from the Florida Gators at any point. In fact, he can walk away and come back in a day.

People who are stressed can't do that. A parent can't just walk away from his or her child's drug problem. A person can't just quit their job and live in a cozy house the rest of his or her life.

Meyer can do that. He can walk away, and he can live the rest of his life in peace, happiness, and comfort.

But he has health problems, right? Sure, he has health problems. Join the club, Urban. Go visit Saint Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Talk to those parents and their children. They'll show you health-related stress.

I find it ridiculous that we take pity on a man making millions of dollars a year complaining about his stress. I find it incredulous that we take pity on a man who says he wants to spend more time with his family when he could do that for the rest of his life.

Urban can spend time with his family! Not everyone is that lucky.

Meyer lives in a world that only 0.1 percent of the world population gets to live in as well. His life is charmed. He doesn't just get everything he needs—he gets anything he wants.

Why are people not laughing at this situation? It's a joke.

Reportedly, Tim Tebow has had a big impact on Meyer's life.

I appreciate Tebow. He's a good football player, but he also lives in reality. He spends his life doing little things to make other peoples' lives better.

Maybe Meyer should let Tebow teach him a few things. Let Tebow take him down to Dominican Republic. Show him what real stress looks like in life.

Then maybe he can come back and live his life for other people and not himself, in full knowledge that everything he has is a gift.

But right now, he is "stressed" because he's got a million blessings weighing on his head.

Get real, Urban. Grow up.