Ever wondered what players have been doing with all their free time since the NFL lockout began on March 11th? New York Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha took it upon himself to get a film crew together to document his life as he lives through the lockout.
He entitled this YouTube mini-series Life of a Lock Out. The camera crew assembled follows Pouha around as he goes through a normal day during the NFL lockout.
The mini-series’ pilot starts with Pouha letting viewers know that his intentions for this mini-series are to let fans see what goes on when players cannot perform the routine they have come to know over the last few years and how they adjust to living to the Life of a Lock Out.
Not much in the first episode is surprising as Pouha trains in the gym, picks his children up from school, cooks them breakfast and introduces viewers to his kitchen as if he were on MTV’s Cribs.
Seeing Pouha care for his children is great and all but a key segment all NFL players should watch is the Drink Bula segment of the episode. Bula is a relaxation drink that Pouha along with several others have created. He funds the business and has been taking advantage of the free time by playing a larger role in the day-to-day decisions of the company.
Many players in the NFL should watch this piece as it teaches them a valuable lesson. Pouha is not a flashy kind of person. He does not flaunt extravagant cars, houses and material objects; he is smart with his money.
With many of the NFL players, they like to buy expensive cars, clothes, houses, jewelry, etc. With the way the lockout is going and the possibility that there may be a shortened season because of it, some of these players may run out before the new season begins.
On the other hand, Sione Pouha is investing his money, so that if the lockout does continue, he has another source of income to provide for his family.
The last segment of the first episode further proves the point that Pouha is a player who cares about the fans. Rather than having an online sweepstakes where people try to win prizes from him, Pouha tweeted about going to Times Square and the first one to find him would get a prize.
The prize, two free tickets to a Jets game coming from Pouha’s personal allotment of tickets. Not only did Pouha keep his promise, he stayed in Times Square to interact with other fans that wanted to meet him, talk to him or take pictures.
With the lockout going on right now, it is a very dark time for NFL fans around the world. It is documentaries and mini-series like these that the lockout does not only affects an owner’s bottom line, it affects people too.
People like Sione Pouha who have a family to support need their jobs back, but since both sides cannot come to an agreement regarding a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the lockout could last a long time.
To watch Sione Pohua's Mini-Series go here.
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