Laying the Wood wrote:
Saying he's a bum implies that he's not supporting his kids, which you don't know to be true.
I hate to break it to you, but most professional athletes are entitled douchebags not worthy of hero worship for anything but their athletic ability. Remember the small town celebrities on your high school football team? Multiple that by 1000 and you've got the ego of an NFL player. Hines Ward is one of the most beloved guys in the history of the team and, by all accounts, he's a fucking asshole in real life. Most of the time, what you see in interviews is carefully crafted and utterly false.
There are exceptions, sure. Charlie Batch seems like a decent guy, as does Chris Hoke. Ike Taylor seems cool. But if you bumped into Le'Veon Bell in a bar and spilled your drink on his shoes? I'm sure you'd come away with a story about how he's an arrogant, entitled piece of shit.
I remember meeting Greg Lloyd when I was 11 and being totally awestruck. Knowing what I know now, I don't think I'd let my kid talk to him.
I hate to sound like Nick, but if you value these guys for more than entertainment purposes, you're being naive.
Oh, I don't give a shit about these guys other than on the football field.
It just pisses me off that these are the people that kids look up to instead of someone worthy. I'm sure AB pays for his kids, he's filthy rich. That doesn't make him a good father. I have respect for the guys like Charlie Batch because that says A TON about their character.
If millions of dollars don't morph you into an asshole, you're worthy of everyone's respect. It's the offseason and this post is about a Steelers player, so it fits.