Posts Tagged ‘brady’
In professional sports, most big time talents come with big time egos. Look at the recently “retired” Randy Moss. Moss may be the greatest deep threat receiver in the history of the NFL, but he would probably be the first to tell you that and has had more than his share of off-field issues. The talent is still there but since the lockout was lifted, teams that he was interested in joining have instead filled their WR voids with other controversial options. The Jets are giving Plaxico Burress a shot (pun intended) and the Patriots decided to 86 the idea of a Moss comeback and traded for 85 (Chad Ochocinco). Moss trained hard all summer and according to his agent, is in phenomenal shape. Then why retire? To be honest, Moss expected to be able to pick his destination, and it was unfathomable to him that he wasn’t wanted. His ego couldn’t take it. So instead of doing the smart thing, taking a 1 year deal for less money, proving he could be a team player and rebuilding his value; his ego decided to hang them up.
But this story is not about Moss. This story is not about any of the big
egos athletes that are holding out of camp right now (hello Chris Johnson). This story is about a star that would rather see his team shine than himself. That judges his success, not by monetary gain but instead by his ability to make those around him successful. I am talking about perhaps the man that is the top at his position in the league. Is a guaranteed first ballot hall of famer. He has a ring. He has the blood lines. But he doesn’t have the ego. I’m talking about Peyton Manning.
Yesterday, both sides of the case Brady vs. the NFL finally had their day in court, only there was one thing missing: Tom Brady. Aside from the few heart-broken women outside the courtroom, I believe that NFL fans and players alike have real reason to be upset about this. Brady, along with fellow no-show Peyton Manning, could have added more credibility to the NFLPA’s stance by presenting a unified front and showing that the lockout isn’t only affecting the role-players, but also the superstars. So where was the man who lent his name to this critical case? As of this morning no reports have said. Perhaps he was canoodling with his supermodel wife. While I dare say that I understand how this would seem more appealing than a day in a federal courtroom, there is the question of responsibility. I feel by not appearing the 5 plaintiffs who were no-shows (especially Brady and Manning) let down both fans and players alike. The 2 aforementioned players are expected to be leaders on the field, but at this juncture I believe their leadership to be more critical off of it, and right now that is lacking. When asked where they were, NFLPA attorney Jim Quinn did little to ease people’s minds: “ I guess some of them had other things they had to do and be in different places, Quinn said. Meanwhile, probable first-round pick Von Miller, whose absence would have been understandable as he prepares for the NFL Draft, found it more prudent to attend the hearing. We can only hope that the absence of these key figures doesn’t prove detrimental to the players’ fight when Judge Susan Nelson makes her ruling.