State of the NFL Address: The Perspective on Spoiled, Greedy Players (Opinion)

Heneli IongiAnalyst IMarch 20, 2011

NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 27:  Reggie Bush # 25 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Kevin Burnett #99 of the San Diego Chargers at the Louisiana Superdome on August 27, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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OPINION—Before I start my argument into anything, let me just say something about football players.  

When you're playing football in high school, everyone know who you are. Everyone from the 9th grade to the 12th grade know you're a football player. Some students may not know what you look like but they know you're name and what position you play.  Hell, even teachers know which students are football players. Do football players get some sort of special treatment in high school? Yeah, they do. Do they get more leeway than normal students on homework and projects? Of course they do (although teachers won't admit it).

Football players. Girls adore them and guys want to be friends with them. They get the Hollywood treatment, but at a high school level.

Top high school athletes go on to college. Before they start their college career, they get to be courted by many colleges to go to their school. Recruiting trips are offered, dinner with the coaches, and sometimes coaches go out of their way to sway a recruit into coming to their college by visiting their home. Hell, some college recruiters go as far as taking players to strip clubs and adore them with beautiful women ( remember the incident in Colorado?).  Some allegedly give money for a top prospect to go to their school. The level of entitlement is growing within these young men.

When these top notch high school players do go to the college of their choosing, the atmosphere is much like that in which they received in high school. This time, it's to a much higher degree. Everyone on college campus know who you are. If you were a big-time recruit, chances are that all those college football fanatics know your height, weight, and what you'll bring to the college squad the following season. Women know you play football—and they want to get to know you, if you know what I mean. Every college professor know who you are. They may not give leeway on projects, but they will work with you to succeed. You're picture is on billboards. Sometimes, future college students go to a certain college just because they want to be part of a great athletic school—one that you're a part of.  

As a college athlete, you're on ESPN, local sports news, and on newspapers nationwide. Not only do college students know who you are, but so do many people around the nation. You become a near-celebrity. You get the special treatment everywhere you go. The level of entitlement grows.

Now you're about to go to the one place that every football player dreamed of playing in since they were in high school: the National Football League.  

In the NFL, everyone in the entire nation knows who you are. You're a celebrity.  

To make a long story short, football players are babied from the time they were in high school until the time they make it into the NFL. Their level of entitlement just baffles me. They don't know what it's like to work a normal job and get a normal person's pay.

What is normal to them is what they make right now (in the last CBA). And anything less  is not normal—so they complain.

I understand that, but to say that they deserve more is utterly ridiculous. This level of entitlement is comparable to those who think the government should take care everyone's health-care regardless of the amount of debt and expenses that the nation has.

They just care about what they're getting.

I may have gotten off subject on that last one but the truth is, I have never seen a business in which over half of a organizations revenue goes to the employees without even sharing any type of burden in company expenses when they're making that type of money. If that's the case, players with any type of endorsement deal should share half of their endorsement money with the NFL.

They complain about injuries and whatnot—but it's not the NFL's entire fault for injuries and health-care issues. Players last in the NFL for a average of three to five years (depending on their offensive or defensive position). The fact still remains that a football player in the NFL goes through at least four years of high school football and four years of college football before they even get into the NFL. That's not even mentioning Pop Warner football as kids.  All those years of wear-and-tear on the body before getting into the NFL gets worse.  

By the time the NFL gets a top-notch football player, in reality, they are getting a player who has had their body abused by at least eight years of contact-sport. Should the NFL bear that burden of football injuries? To a certain extent. Should they bare 100% of that burden?  Hell no.  

Players make more than enough money to make a great living and have affordable health-care. The NFL should look out for those players in the past who made the game what it is today. Players that gave everything and didn't receive anything near what players today make. That I can agree with.  

Players don't share the burden of running a NFL franchise: the owners do. Players don't pay for football operation expenses: the owners do, and football players are part of that expense. A high percentage of that expense. Players say owners bank tons of money—but neglect the fact that owners like Jerry Jones took out a billion-dollar loan to build that state-of-the-art stadium. He didn't put that burden on the fans or the players. Jones took that risk. His livelihood is on the line and in this case, it's the Dallas Cowboys franchise. The same is said with Hines Field, in which local owners and the Rooney family put up money to build that stadium while the fans didn't want any part of paying for it to include players.

Case in point, I'm not here to complain about anything but just wanted to have my say. Players are ridiculously spoiled and for Kevin Burnett (of the San Diego Chargers) to say that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell didn't do anything goes to show how biased he is in this CBA matter. In truth, Goodell has made the NFL more popular than ever during his time as commissioner.  

Idiot players like Adrian Peterson who blatantly compare the NFL to modern-day slavery are utterly retarded. Slaves worked for dirt-nothing, while NFL players make more money than the 70% that live in the United States. Not to mention Peterson's comment about players being away from their families.  Hell, you get paid tons of money to have family accompany you, for crying out loud. You don't see military men and women complaining about getting more money for family separation pay when they go to combat—while you're only going to play a football game. Peterson is biased just like Burnett in this ongoing CBA matter.  Their argument holds no water in any educated debate.

Players have been babied for a long time.  They got cared for from high school, to college, and now in the NFL. Not all players are this way. Players like Ryan Mathews—who never forgot where he came from—continue to help those in need even though there is no CBA in place. Meanwhile, multi-millionaires like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are suing the NFL.  Utterly disgusting.    

Another case for players being spoiled can be found in NFL draftee Von Miller. He's part of a class action lawsuit against the NFL with nine other NFL players. He's not even a employee of any team yet! He knows he's a top ten draft pick and wants to be paid as such. This just tells me he's looking out for himself as the newly-proposed CBA by the NFL was going to bring a little more money to those drafted in the later rounds amongst other things like healthcare for NFL veterans.  

Players have been babied way too long. I'm glad the NFL is trying to find a common sense way to make things work for both sides but in the end, players are proving they are just greedy.

In the end, it's the top rated players who are complaining the most—not those who are just happy to be in the NFL.