Character And Reputation Go A Long Way

Justin WorsleyContributor IApril 13, 2010

MIAMI - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers walks back to the huddle after injuring his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Steelers defeated the Dolphins 30-24.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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I am really getting tired of seeing athletes basically screw up when they have it made.  It's like some athletes just can't handle being a superstar.  When it boils down to it, remember that you represent more than yourself.  You represent your family, the organization, the team, the fans, everything.  It just doesn't make sense to me but I guess fame and fortune can change a person.

Look at Ben Roethlisberger, a two time Super Bowl champion with two sexual allegations under his belt.  You’re the face of one of the most famous franchises in the league.  You’re a role model for children.  Understand that when you put on a Steelers uniform, you represent the organization on and off the field and your actions are under the microscope.  Get it together Ben.  I'm not saying you shouldn't have a life and it is his life and he can do whatever he wants with it but as a professional athlete being paid the big bucks, everything he does affects the organization whether it's throwing the winning touchdown pass or falling off his motorcycle without a helmet. 

The Rooney's aren't going to put up with this crap forever and you see how they sent Santonio Holmes packing for a 5th round draft pick.  Holmes has always had off the field issues and after awhile it finally went to that boiling point where the Steelers wanted nothing to do with him.  A former Super Bowl MVP who made one of the most spectacular catches in SB history gets traded to the New York Jets for a steal because of stupid decisions and actions he's made during his tenure as a Steeler.  I was just baffled when I found out he threw glass at a female in a club.  Did you not think that there would be repercussions?  

You might be one of the best receivers in the game right now but your reputation follows you.  Just ask Brandon Marshall who can't find a willing trade partner right now.  Just ask Terrell Owens whose on the field and off field antics have him waiting by the phone looking for any type of work.  Ask Adam Jones or Pacman or whatever you want to call him and see if he's happy to hear any inquires from the Lions just so he can see the playing field.  Ask Michael Vick how far was the drop from being on top of the world to the bottom was because of a dog-fighting scandal.

You might be a talented player but people aren't always going to take a risk on you if you have problems off the field.  Dez Bryant, the top receiver in the draft has been taken off the Jaguars draft board this morning because Jack Del Rio does not want to add another troubled receiver to his receiving corps.  Can he make an impact as a WR for any team in the league?  The answer is a resounding yes.  But do you want to always have to worry if he's keeping his nose out of trouble?  I'm sure the top heads eyeing Bryant are asking the same thing up until the draft.

Your being paid millions because your suppose to help the organization, not hinder it.  And you’re in an elite group of people who are the best at what they do in the game.  You get to play in front of millions and showcase your talents to the world.  Start being a positive influence to the game and most importantly;

Start growing up.