Within Your Means: Mothers of NFL Players

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIOctober 1, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 02:  A fan of the Washington Redskins hold up a sign honoring the late Sean Taylor prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills on December 2, 2007 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

A lesson can be learned from the story about Sean Taylor’s mother. Bruce Watson’s article about Donna Junor caught my eye.

The story saddened me. I thought, “Shouldn’t we live within our means, no matter what our children offer us?”

When your son gets a big contract with the NFL, I am sure, if life was a struggle before that great moment, mothers and even fathers are tempted to uproot their lives, move near their wealthy son, and start a new lifestyle.

You have got to think it through. Either get all of your gifts paid for in full, or take out life insurance just in case the fate of your child is not favorable, as in the case of Sean Taylor.

Sean Taylor did no wrong; rather, someone invaded his home and shot him. As I read this story about Sean Taylor, I realized that many of these young millionaires must think they are going to live forever.

As far as I am concerned, every NFL player ought to have a will. Anything can happen on the field, in a plane, a train, a car, a truck, or simply in your home.

Over the years I have heard people say that tomorrow is not promised. But, do we live as though we believe these words? I think not.

So here is a word of advice. NFL players, since you have a life, now get a will. Get a will, not for yourself, but for those you love.

On the other end of the spectrum, the mothers of NFL players must wake up and only accept a gift that they can maintain, in case something happens to your son or to his resources.

I really believe some people think that getting a will is like planning your death. It’s not. Rather, getting a will is making provisions for those you love, in case of death, either natural,  accidental or otherwise.

One other matter caused me to think about Taylor’s mother. The article mentioned that those around her inherited assets. Why haven’t those relatives thought of sharing with the mother of the man who left them money?

What does family mean to some people? It should be bonding, pulling together, and helping each other through hard times.

I hope for the best for Taylor’s mother. I also wonder, “Shouldn’t we live within our means?”

I think we should. Clearly, tomorrow is not promised to an NFL player, to his mother, or even to us.

Plan and be responsible, in case a storm rages through your life.

Storms can come in your life, literally, like Hurricane Ike, hit last year. Storms can come through criminal activity like home invasions which are on the rise in some towns. Storms can come through natural occurrences.

So, get a will, NFL players and others, so that your loved ones can weather the storm!

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