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Author: Jon Kuzma
With news coming out of New York that Brandon Marshall had to abandon the Jets because they were releasing a ton of players it was easy to sympathize for the veteran receiver. No aging player who is adamant about winning a championship wants to sit around and watch a team go completely down the drain. However at the same time what Marshall did was cowardly and is everything that is wrong with pro sports in today’s era. For example Kevin Durant recently bailed on the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors who were a shoo-in to win the NBA Championship. That move made the NBA season extremely boring and most sports fans don’t feel overly compelled to celebrate the Warriors second championship in three years. The reason why no one is praising Durant and why no one will praise Marshall if he wins a championship with the Giants is because both players took the easy way out. Could you imagine Michael Jordan leaving the Bulls when they couldn’t get passed the Pistons in the late 80’s? What if Jordan went to the Lakers after being trounced by Detroit back in 1988, pursuing a similar path that athletes choose today. How terrible would sports be now if we didn’t have the iconic moment of Jordan winning six championships in Chicago? The unfortunate reality is we are going to see what that would be like in the future because these current pro athletes lack of mental toughness is discouraging fans away from the sports that we’ve grown up loving. Why stick around in a tough situation when you can just skate for greener pastures and avoid adversity all together? In the old days players knew those tough times played a pivotal role in their own personal development. Now days players just want to look cool all the time and most of their achievements are superficial. It takes grit to stay loyal to a situation without being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It takes discipline and a whole lot of faith to know you’re playing for a losing team that may or may not turn it around. All of those qualities which were encased in the athletes of the past, which have built pro sports to what we know today are dying. Brandon Marshall is just another example of this and it’s sad that most players today just conform to the status quo of what everyone else is doing. Those patterns don’t seem to be going away anytime soon whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, etc. Brandon Marshall better be careful or he might be the next guy Peyton Manning is ripping on at the ESPYs.
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