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Put me in, coach

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to live your life as a pro football player? Watching a game, it occurred to me that although the duration of a football player’s career is relatively short and contingent on staying healthy and productive, it’s truly a charmed life.

From here, they have all possible advantages. If you’re making big bucks and you’re recognizable, both to your local fans and on a national level, you can be, do, say and look whatever way you want. It allows you to wear your hair in any of a collection of outrageous fashions, wear clothing that would be considered ridiculous by other people and make comments about subjects that have nothing to do with your profession.

On the up side, you have the cash resources to support a variety of exceptional and wonderful causes, ranging from cancer research to children’s diseases, to combating hunger and homelessness. The money is often far beyond what any of us will ever imagine earning and if the athletes are smart, they refrain from buying multi-million-dollar mansions in order not to wind up forty years old and destitute. And it seems to me that very few of pro football players have ego issues.

If you’re looking for a partner, what better credential for attracting partners than an NFL contract? The high-profile players are seen with gorgeous models, singing professionals and frequently, celebrities with as much notoriety as theirs.

On the downside, in addition to a relatively short career, you’re also subjecting yourself to some serious bruises and knocks to your body. We’ve all heard of the frequency of permanent brain injuries due to concussions and other hits to the head. In other cases, it’s common to see athletes having to end their careers due to torn ligaments, fractures, damaged rotator cuffs, etc.

If I could take the pro football job for a while and reap the numerous benefits, I think it would be worthwhile taking the risk of damaging my body. Yes, putting up with the press, punches to the face and perennial public appearances might get tiresome, but it looks like a fun life. Shalom.

One thought on “Put me in, coach

  1. Myself, I could not handle the physical exertion it would take to be a high achiever in any type of sport. I’ve always been better at being a cheerleader, screaming encouragement when Michael Jordan was at the top of his game, and our family based its activities around the Bulls’ schedule. A dream job for me would be to cook, or sing or act professionally. Can you imagine, waking up in the morning, singing, and getting paid for it? Less abuse on the body (except for the vocal chords) and traveling all over the world? I don’t envy the football players, especially when I see them being carried off the field with a concussion or other type of injury. I do enjoy watching the games, and the Bears are actually doing well this year! Happy Holidays!

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