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Randy Moss, Terrell Owens Epitomize the Problem of Too Many Egos in the NFL

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 12: Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots smiles before the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Natalie FaulkContributor IJanuary 6, 2017

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am sure getting tired of all the prima donna NFL players, particularly those touted by the pundits as repeated, sure-thing expert picks.

All of the whining and holdouts demanding more money reminds me of spoiled teenagers looking for more allowance. Hey, guys—if you want the money, then do the job consistently and with grace and humility. You might be extremely talented, but nobody is above anyone else, and I’m sick and tired of those who believe they are.

Now, I’m not saying that a number of these players don’t deserve a raise; however, abandoning one’s team because demands were not met is excessively juvenile and extremely selfish. So is demanding a trade because one is not happy or feels under- or unappreciated by one’s team.

The NFL is a business—if you can’t stand the heat then, well, you know the rest. Even worse (are you listening, Randy Moss?) is badmouthing one’s team because of these feelings of persecution.

So, players who signed contracts in good faith suddenly perceive these contracts to have magically transformed into an insult against their prowess, then unilaterally decide that it’s not worth it to help their teammates succeed during the season (as much as I hate to mention them, look no further than Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil). I have a number of words for this: egocentric, selfish, greedy, narcissistic, parsimonious...shall I continue?

Problems such as these seem to flourish in an era of increasing erosion of professional athletes’ loyalty—not just in the NFL.

This season alone, as I watch the games every week, I find myself frequently exclaiming, “When did (fill in the blank) go to the (fill in the blank)?” I honestly cannot remember a season with so many team changes, player holdouts, and trade demands.

And what of those players who are habitual trade-requesters (ahem, Terrell Owens)?

Individuals such as these are never satisfied. Perhaps they did not make enough money with one team and then were not thrown the ball enough with another. Then what? There will always be something about which to complain and the player will leave an enduring trail of acrimony in their wake.

So, NFL fans, I propose that we stop catering to these athletes’ egos. How about the NFL experts talk about the players deserving of such accolades and stop fueling the fires underneath those who do not? Maybe the lack of attention will force an attitude adjustment.

Somehow, unfortunately, I think not.

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