A Note to the 2010 NFL Draft Class

T.R. TaylorCorrespondent IAugust 7, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on at practice during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Crabtree was the 49ers first round draft pick.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Dear Incoming NFL Draft Prospect,

Congratulations on being considered for a spot on an NFL team roster. Throughout your college football career you have demonstrated superior abilities on the field, embarrassing your opponents week in and week out.

However, if or when you are drafted, there are some things you should take the time to consider.

While you have proved yourself to be among the best in college football, you have yet to play one down of professional football. There is nothing you have done in your entire life that proves how successful you will be in the NFL.

Think about that when a team offers you a multi-million dollar contract to play in the NFL for the next few years.

Another thing to consider is that the league minimum salary for a rookie last year was $295,000. That is a much larger annual salary that most people will ever have.

If you are lucky enough to be one of the first ten players drafted, then allow me to be the first to congratulate you on that. This means you will make $20+ million over the next five to six years.

To put this into perspective, that means after your contract is up, you never have to work another day in your life.

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When a team offers you this contract, take it! Do not complain. Do not ask for more. Just sign it and get to training camp, you overpaid clown.

Allow me to tell you the tale of Michael Crabtree. Michael was the tenth pick of the 2009 NFL draft. A two-time Biletnikoff award winner, Crabtree was considered the greatest wide receiver in the draft.

However, Mr. Crabtree deemed $20 million far too little for his services. Instead he demanded more money or else he would sit out the 2009 NFL season and re-enter the 2010 NFL draft.

Let me put this into perspective. Instead of accepting $20 million to play football, he threatens to stay unemployed, missing an entire year of football (and millions of dollars in sponsorships), to enter the draft next year and probably be selected in the late rounds, if at all. That would also mean he takes about a $19 million pay cut.

So what did we learn from this letter? Well if a professional football team offers you millions of dollars to play for them, you take the deal without any questions asked.

Remember, you are making more money than most people can ever dream of, and you are doing it by playing a game that you love to play.


T.R. Taylor,

Unemployed Sports Writer

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