For the love of the ….MONEY?

Well I was online reading articles about the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement and suddenly in a furious rage I decided to jot down some thoughts on professional athletes and their love of the money more than the game.

“I apologize for venting to y’all…but my mom always said Don’t ask permission ask forgiveness“-Drake

So here i go…

Remember when you were a child shooting hoops in the driveway, and all of the championships you won from all of the self-created buzzer-beaters? Or maybe you played catch all day until you were forced to sprint home to beat your sunset curfew.

These were the days when the only thing that mattered was the love of the game. However, it has become sadly evident that as athletes become more and more successful, the love fades as the money nears. Some are so comical they resemble the story of Jerry Maguire.

As a child you dream of nothing more than to be a part of one of sport’s most culminating moments: the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, the World Series, etc.  Yet it seems that once an athlete reaches that dream, it’s replaced with what has emerged as the more powerful factor in sports.


Never underestimate the truth behind the saying, ‘money changes people,’ especially in the sports world where evidence emerges every day.

You see the superstar athlete demanding more money because his multi-million dollar contract has suddenly become insufficient. I watch athletes hide behind lies when their championship-caliber team falls short and they run off to another franchise because they can get more money, regardless of whether or not that team will ever come close to a title.
Now this is not a question about the amount of money that professional athletes make. Personally I believe the large sum they are paid is more than deserving. Few work much harder than these athletes. But when the pursuit of money becomes a greater priority than the pursuit of athletic excellence, then we have a problem.

For instance, out of college Michael Crabtree was predicted as the best receiver in the 2009 NFL Draft, however the results did not pan that way as he the second receiver chosen that day. In hindsight the mere fact that Crabtree had reached the pinnacle of the sport he loves should be satisfaction enough, right? Not when being selected three picks further than expected means a loss of around $10 million. Crabtree became the longest hold-out in 49er’s franchise history until he finally reached an agreement nearly three months into the season.

Where just the thought of playing in the NFL should have been more than enough conviction for Crabtree, the dissatisfaction of “settling” for $30 million nearly cost him his football career. A dream nearly derailed because of the desire of more money. So is it for the love of the game or the money? I think the answer is clear. When money is present, those driveway championships always fall millions of dollars short. Read more of this post


Play Hard the Safe Way

Football coaching legend Vince Lombardi once said, “Football is not a contact sport, it’s a collision sport.”

While this couldn’t be more true, it obviously shows that the game of football is not the safest sport out there. So the question becomes, How in the world of clashing pads and flying bodies do I keep my kid safe?

Well there are a few tips that are obvious and some that you may not have known:


Without question before participating in any kind of football activity it is essential to ensure that you/your player are properly fitted with the right equipment.

  • Meaning that all pads should fit properly (knee pads, thigh pads and shoulder pads.) Failure to do so can result in serious injury to areas of the body those pads are designed to protect.
  • The most important of all equipment is the helmet. It is absolutely crucial that a helmet fits correctly. The problem in organizations like youth football programs, is that there is not always a trainer or medical personnel qualified to properly fit players for helmets. fortunately for those who may not have a lot of experience with the matter, helmet manufacturers provide detailed instructions that will give all the correct procedure to get the perfect fit.

I played football for 8 years and I’ll tell you as a player these tips aren’t always accepted. But why? Would would a player risks their safety and risk serious injury by not following these procedures? Well simple, we wanna look cool. And cool isn’t bulky thigh pads and shoulder pads or a helmet that doesn’t match our “style”. Crazy right? But it is reality I can count many times that ive settled for a helmet that didn’t fit right but man did it look cool. That’s why as coaches, parents and trainers you must make sure that your players equipment it’s exactly what they NEED not necessarily what they want.


Of course the biggest risk of injury when playing football is during a tackle. Everyone one loves a big hit, but the wrong technique can end in tragic results. Just this past year we saw the extremes in football injury when Rutgers University player Eric LeGrand ended up paralyzed due to a neck injury suffered on the field.

They key is to show players how to tackle. One of the basic and most successful form of teaching proper tackling is a drill called Form Tackling.


One thing that ive noticed in youth football is that many kids are afraid to hit or get hit because they don’t want to get hurt. Know this: If you play not to get hurt, you will put yourself in more danger of getting injured. The reason being is while your out on the field playing cautious or not going full speed, there will be someone on the opposition who is going full speed and if he hits you, well…you’ll be on the wrong end of that collision. Play hard, play safe and protect yourself at all times.

The football overview

Football is more unique than any other sport in the world, therefore preparations to play are unlike any other well. In fact football workouts are very detail oriented, with seemingly an endless amount of different drills and exercises. Workouts need to build strength, conditioning. While on-field drills will be specific to what position you play. For instance skill positions (positions beside linemen) have specific drills created for the positions. lays out different drills for different positions; and while not all are included it is a good example on just how much preparations can change according to what you play. Quarterbacks have passing drills, Receivers have route running drills etc. Soon i will post drills and workouts for each position within this blog. While the chances of reaching the pinnacle of football is extremely rare, you should always strive to be the best no matter what level you play at.