Run First Quarterback Does Not Equal Harmony In The Locker Room

January 14, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Some well-held beliefs about the NFL:
1) Players want to get paid: While many claim they play for the love of the game, one might argue that the weekly paycheck makes up a large part of the "raison d'etre" of pro sports.
Amongst themselves, players often intone to each other "Get Yours."
Quite the war cry.
2) Players who put up big numbers, get REALLY paid: Players know that guys who can produce get rewarded and so do their agents.
3) Winning sometimes takes a backseat to money: e.g. Albert Haynesworth
4) Professional athletes have been know to have a little bit of ego about them.
When it comes time for contract negotiations, agents sit down with management and use comparables (much like a real estate agent) to drive negotiations:
"Look, my guy put up the same numbers as whats-his-face. Whats-his-face is making X amount of dollars - pay my guy what his market value is..."
Mr. Slick Agent then turns around to his many clients and ...

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