"We might make a lot of money but, we also spend a lot of money." Leave it to good old Patrick Ewing to say it perfectly!
As an Eagles fan I am very happy (estatic!) that both Lito Sheppard and Brian Westbrook reported on time to training camp yesterday. They sucked up their pride and put the team first. Thanks guys!
But as a typical American than holds a 9-5 job, do you honestly feel much sympathy for these players? I mean Westbrook did arrive to camp in a BMW 750li. The money woes he must be facing with his current contract.
Yes the life of an NFL superstar is vastly different than the life of your typical American. Players are entertainers and earn BIG money for the owners. In return players most definitely deserve a cut of that money.
But when most Americans are struggling to put gas in their car, feed their children, avoid foreclosure on their house it is difficult to understand how Westbrook or Sheppard can't live on the millions of dollars they are already receiving. They just seem greedy! And I am pretty sure that if I kept bitching and moaning about my current pay to my boss I would just be fired!
And lastly, if players like Westbrook and Sheppard (and possibly Shawn Andrews) are unhappy with their current contracts they should of not signed such long-term deals.
If you have confidence in your abilities, sign a short-term deal. Once that deal expires and your stock has risen, then the team has no choice but to pay you! I understand there is the chance of injury, but if that is the case and you want the comfort of the long-term deal to protect you, then again, you can't complain when you outperform that contract.
Again, I am thrilled with the arrival of Westbrook and Sheppard to camp. Both players are valuable pieces to getting the Eagles back to the top. But as far as their contract demands, us typical Americans can't understand. I guess only the Patrick Ewing types can.