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Is it worth it?

by Jason Miller

The picture used in this blog:  NFL Super Bowl Champions Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb practices as the Packers take the field for the first training camp practice of the year at the Ray Nitschke field in Green Bay, Wisconsin July 30, 2011. REUTERS/Darren Hauck

One million dollars is a lot of money.  500,000 dollars is a lot of money. 250,000 dollars is a lot of money when you come from nothing and that is the issue some NFL players, former and current deal with on a daily/yearly basis.  Not all but some as I mentioned deal with the lifestyle we all dream of.  Best Car, best clothes, big house, and being able to take care of those closest to us, those who you trust.  But unless they are family how can you trust them and even family can be sketchy.  You get this money and now you see the light, but there are a few people who close that light faster than your journey to the Bigs.  You got your agent, who gets a percent, then a lawyer who helps with legal stuff if something should arise gets a percent, money manager gets a percent and then a family member/friend asks for a loan because he or she has a great idea and you believe in them so you agree.  Before you know it, before you get done with your first season the money is gone and you hope you don't lose your house, car, wife and kids.  

Can you imagine that scenario?  Can you imagine believing that your world is going to be on easy street and now you just hope the credit card doesn't dry up, that the bank will give you some money cause of your contract or that you get that one more paycheck this month so you can pay on something to stay afloat?  Can you imagine what it must be like to be drafted in the first or second rounds and then all of a sudden you plan to do all these great things with that money and then you are thinking how did this happen?  

Lots of serious questions but only players you gambled in this game, can really give us the true answer of, how do you stay afloat when there are more hands reaching for your wallet then you ever had in your life.  Check out ESPN's 30 for 30 Broke I think you will be shocked.

Why bring this up?  Rookie camps here in Green Bay, WI over the weekend and these guys are just getting taste of what it's like to be in the NFL.  They are getting a taste of what it's like to be taken care of for a few days like the team will be in a few months.  Have they been taught on how to handle the money, the pressure, and the fame that is coming their way because they worked hard to get here and now the hands are reaching for that wallet?  Will they have the strength to deal with that and if they don't make it but still got a signing bonus and they have a few bucks in their pocket, will they have the strength to say no to others and keep themselves above water?  Will these guys, who were drafted this year, who were drafted in the second round be the next Randall Cobb, the last pick in the 2nd round by the Green Bay Packers or will they be the next Titus Young, the 12th pick in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft?

It's their choice to make it or to be the next, broke, former athlete on 30 for 30.