On Sunday I pointed out how selfish the NFL Owners were being as they spun the facts while NFL fans got screwed. It now appears however as though the NFLPA didn't want to be out done. When this labor dispute began, it was easy to blame the owners for everything. As time goes on, however the NFLPA continues to make their best case for disdain as well.
At first it was the plethora of BS that both sides were spewing through the media, trying to point the finger and claim no wrong doing. Now just when I felt that the two sides couldn't disgust me anymore, the NFLPA has done just that, as they have decided to ask the to-be-rookie-draft-picks, to boycott the NFL draft. Seriously? Someone tell me that these millionaires, didn't just ask broke college kids to piss off their first boss and more importantly ruin the day that they have dreamed of since they were crawling.
Some women plan out their wedding day in kindergarten. They know exactly how every detail is going to be set up and it's the most important day of their life. For every young girl daydreaming and rambling about their plans to get married in kindergarten, there’s a boy sitting across from them drinking his juice box and eating cheese pretending to listen to the girls ramble while he’s having his own wet dream of being drafted by an NFL team.
Can you imagine what it must be like to be sitting at a table in the green room at Radio City with your loved ones around you with the entire free world watching as your cell phone cell phone rings with an NFL coach on the line and he says, "son are you ready to be a Carolina Panther"? These kids flash their million dollar smiles as their dream comes true. They say "yes sir, thank you coach!" and for a brief moment celebrate with their friends and family something that’s about to occur that only a handful of people in the world get to do each year.
Can you imagine what it must be like for the few moments between when you find out that you are actually being drafted by an NFL team to when you walk out on stage in front of the world to meet the NFL Commissioner? Think about the sense of pride and accomplishment. Think about what it must feel like to shake the NFL Commissioner’s hand as he says, "welcome to the NFL". Think would it would be like to have been Rob Gronkowski, do you think that kid was happy?
When you snap out of your kindergarten day dreaming because this little gabby abby across from you is still talking about 50 white doves and ice sculptors or some other waste of money (think about your wedding day and the stupid stuff money was spent on that you would like to have in your pocket right now), you don't care about what she is saying, at that moment, you want to live your dream. You might want to set up life goals with this person at some time down the road but this is your time to shine. Why does this have to be about her, why are her goals more important than yours? Can't she accomplish her goals, without ruining your dreams?
Well apparently the NFLPA is only worried about their wedding day. They don't care about the dreams of these kids, their wedding day is more important. The NFL only invites 15-20 players to New York every year for the draft. Out of the millions of the kids that have this dream every year, there are only a privileged select few that get to live it out. How selfish can someone be to ask these kids to sacrifice all their work for a labor dispute between two parties who have already gotten paid? The CBA will get signed eventually; they shouldn’t make these kids suffer because of the greed of their leaders. This group of NFL players is already going to be the lowest paid rookies in over a decade because of the new rookie wage scale their leaders agreed to! The NFLPA clearly doesn’t have the rookie player’s best interest at heart, only their own wealth.
There's also talk of the players picketing the draft. Am I the only one who finds this sadly, hilarious? Can you picture Peyton Manning holding up a hand painted sign that says, "Blockout the Lockout" or some other corny saying? Are they going to line up in a circle and march around repeating the phrase? If so, let me know so I can go out there and mock the hell out of them. My sons and I will travel from Houston to New York just so I can point at the players and tell my boys, “these are the men I don't won't you to become.” If this is the face of the new NFL, I rather have my boys start day dreaming about becoming a plastic surgeon so that maybe one day they could give the NFL a face lift and save these millionaire divas!
MEMO TO THE ROOKIES: Don't be the pawns in the NFLPA's and NFL's chess game. You've worked you butt off to become one of the handful of elite players invited. Go to New York with your family, walk on stage in primetime, live your dream...and then come back on day 2 and grab a picket sign.
Jayson Braddock appears on Sports Radio 790 AM in Houston, TX, every Thursday morning at 11:19 am CST as the football insider on the Dylan Gwinn show. He's a graduate of the Sports Management World Wide Football GM & Scouting Course and has been mentored by former NFL player / executive John Wooten and Sporting News.com NFL Draft Expert Russ Lande. - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports7910.com. You may email Jayson directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ JaysonBraddock
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