A Lesson In Trading Draft Picks: The Story of Jerry Rice

August 8, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

It’s a different breed of NFL player that can make a serious play in the postseason. Certainly the most basic and most compelling reason for this is simple: everyone is watching during the playoffs.
This isn’t some Week Three West Coast game between the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks (no offense to those teams, they were just the first two that I though of.)
The winner in a postseason game literally keeps an entire organization of people moving and working (or at least until the next week.) The team that fails in a playoff game sees that same organization grind to a halt in the most abrupt and sudden manner possible.
Professional sports are so unique in this way. In very few other professional working places are the performances of only a small percentage of the workforce so telling on the direction of the whole organization. The players, who are really only about 10 percent of a team’s total paid personnel, completely determine the course...

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