As usual, one of my articles has a music theme. This one crosses different genre's in that we go with Rap, Oldies, and in this case, wishy--washy love songs.
OG Shawn Andrews has been released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, March 17, 2010. A superior lineman, when healthy was a Pro Bowl player who made life easier for Brian Westbrook, et al, in the Eagles backfield. Strong, bullish, and smart, he dominated in games looking like a "man among boys". Injuries have derailed his career, although he may come back when healthy.
For Eagles fans and coaches alike, he became an enigma these past two years. Claiming to come back strong and ready for the season, he has suffered a "back injury" that has required multiple surgeries. His rehab has been listed as "hopeful and encouraging", but he has not played for two years. He has, however, been drawing a hefty paycheck, albeit without playing on the field. Some fans have said that he is "robbing" the Eagles of money not earned on the field.
"The Big Kid" has somehow been able to conduct a music career, and has become better known for his "twitter" prowess than his blocking prowess. A search on YouTube or similar website will show you just how much of a joke he has allowed himself to become. However, we're here not to bury Caesar, but to praise him (?!).
The team has come to the conclusion that Mr. Shawn Andrews, not his big brother Stacy Andrews, has shown that his heart for football isn't what it was or should be. The former Pro Bowl player, who owned a pretty "phat" contract extension, in the opinion of the Eagles brass no longer gives them confidence that he will return to action. Such a seemingly waste of talent, but number 73 will have to live with it.
So, where does it go from here? Andrews can take the news and use it for inspiration to regroup and show the Eagles they were wrong, or he can take the news and use it for "inspiration" to "regroup" his rap career and show that the Eagles were right. My money is on that somewhere he will resurface in the NFL, get "hurt" in training camp again, take that team's "money for nothin", do his "rehab" in a California recording studio again, and prove that the rumors of his aledged mental problems are more fact than fiction.
Mr. Orbison could not have imagined that his song would apply to this story. "It's Over" for the "Big Kid" and his self--induced dyed mohawk "doo". His claims that he will return to the Eagles to fulfil his contract and resume his Eagles career have now taken on the monaker of Roy's timeless song--"IT'S OVER". The Eagles have called his bluff. The team and its' fans have waited too long for him to decide on his future.
What happens next is up to Shawn Andrews. Perhaps his brother Stacy can talk some sense into him, convincing him to come back (at what now would be a lesser contract deal) and show the world what he is made of. What a waste of tremendous football talent. I guess he thinks that he has given all that he has to football, and now he wants to explore other career opportunities.
But for now, Mr. Andrews, cue up the microphone...it's over.