NFL Players and Society: Why Can't These Guys Act Right?

Chris RadezSenior Writer ISeptember 4, 2008

I don't know how many of you listen to ESPN Radio during the day, but I was listening to Colin Cowherd yesterday during my lunch break, and he was talking about the judgment and decision making of people in general, and how it relates to guys in the NFL.

He only briefly touched on the subject, but I wanted to go a little bit more in depth on the thought process behind some of the things these guys do during their free time.

When I look at guys like Adam Jones, Chris Henry and Tank Johnson...I can't help but scratch my head in confusion. It's also just as confusing to look at guys like Fred Taylor, Ricky Williams, Kevin Faulk, and the many other NFL players who get themselves in trouble for stupid decisions.

It's one thing to commit a crime, it's another thing entirely to get yourself into trouble with the law for just using poor judgment.

It's obvious that the first guys I mentioned are essentially criminals, and I don't really need to go into why I think the NFL should toss them from the league. If you think they deserve to be making millions of dollars per year after all the crimes they've committed...then maybe you should be committed.

But some of these other guys are unnecessarily causing a bad image for themselves and for the NFL. Every day, we as humans are faced with decisions that can change our lives. The friends you choose to be around, the places you choose to go, and the things you choose to do outline who you are.

If you're lucky, and privileged enough to be selected as a player in the do you not do everything you can to avoid screwing that up? It's not like this is a job where if you get yourself into trouble and get fired, you can just go find another similar profession and make just as much money. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I don't even care if you're 23-years old and very immature. That is not an excuse in this situation, because even a 10-year old should be able to understand the magnitude of what's at stake.

All it takes is to make good decisions every day. Think about what you're doing and how you're living. This is one of the main problems with people in the young-adult generation. Hardly ever do you find a person who lives by their own morals anymore. People live their lives reacting to their environments, rather than creating their environments.

It's easy to point blame at others when things get out of hand or when you're caught with something you shouldn't have, but the reality of it is that you could have prevented it.

When these guys get caught with marijuana, I don't care if they're high as a kite or just transporting it for somebody. They've made the decision to include it in their life, and now they're paying the price for that.

It's the same thing with all of these incidents that occur at night clubs and bars. If you're in a bar/night club at two o'clock in the morning, it is your own fault when you find yourself in an altercation that is being broken up by police, and being an NFL player...yes, the media will get a hold of it.

You are a role model! Act like it! The decision to be out on the town until all hours of the night is what puts you in these situations. It's not necessary!

Am I the only one who thinks it shouldn't be hard to stay out of trouble?