Michael Crabtree Needs a Reality Check

Alex KerstetterContributor IAugust 6, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 21:  Football player Michael Crabtree poses for a portrait on April 21, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images for Subway)

After yet another both move regarding relations with the 49ers, it seems as though Michael Crabtree's days in San Francisco are numbered. With the recent announcement that he is more than ready to sit out the 2009 NFL season and re-enter the 2010 Draft due to a holdup in the contract agreements, it appears Crabtree doesn't even want to play football.

Essentially, Crabtree is willing to leave the entire 49ers franchise out to dry just because he feels that he should be compensated for his talent. Crabtree was one of the top college prospects entering the draft but slid down to the 10th pick, where he was promptly picked by the 49ers. 

Due to his notorious attitude, he was passed over by multiple teams in the NFL draft.  You would think that Crabtree would see this as a sign that maybe he needs to change the way that he acts or like so many other draft picks use the fact that he was passed over by other teams as determination.

Like many passed over stars had done before him, it seemed as though Crabtree would sign right away and get to working hard at making everyone who passed on the "best" wide receiver in the draft regret that decision.

But of course, his attitude prevailed. See, Crabtree believes since he was the top wide receiver and one of colleges best players, he deserves to be paid like a top pick just because he possesses that talent. With these demands, I don’t really think Michael and his rookie agent Eugene Parker know how the NFL works.

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Rookies get paid in relation to where they were drafted.  The highest pick gets the most; the lowest pick gets the least.  You get drafted on what you did in college, not paid, and this is what Crabtree along with his agent need to understand.  Whenever Crabtree does step on an NFL field, what he did back in Lubbock won't have any significance whatsoever.

Crabtree has also blamed the contract dispute on his agent, apparently being mislead. How immature can Crabtree be?

If he wants to play in the NFL that bad, go up to the 49ers front office and say, "Hey I want to play right now, what needs to get done here?" instead of going out clubbing and threatening the 49ers privatization with talks of walking if he doesn't get his way.

With this attitude, can Crabtree even last within the NFL once he finally agrees with somebody?  He talks as if he has millions of dollars, when in reality he is just another talented college player with an inflated cranium.

The American public has just begun to recover from one of the worst economic downturns in history, and all Crabtree can think about is money. Millions of people out there would switch with Crabtree in a nano second, yet he continues to show how ungrateful he is of the talent that was bestowed upon him.

Even if this whole "sit out for a year" mumbo jumbo is a bluff, someone needs to bring Michael Crabtree down to earth.


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