Originally posted by 49ersMyLife:
Read this article - link posted on PFT - thought it was interesting.
To be an African American NFL player is to play in a league where 70% of the players are black and 100% of the owners are white. It’s a league where only 3 percent of head coaches were black until the famous (or infamous) lawyer Johnnie Cochran threatened a mass class-action lawsuit, saying he would “litigate if they do not integrate.” It’s a league where collegiate players hoping to be drafted show up to the NFL combine to be poked, prodded and have various body parts judged and measured. Teams basically do everything short of having someone run their finger along the players’ gums. If you are lucky enough to make the league, you will be blessed with a career that will, on average, last 3.4 years, and cursed with a life expectancy twenty-two years shorter than that of the typical American male. Your contract isn’t guaranteed, so if you do sustain some horrific injury, you are officially yesterday’s trash.
“Learn to LISTEN before you pass judgment. Because speaking without knowledge of subject is truly ignorant,” Rashard Mendenhall wrote.
The median salary in the NFL in 2009 was roughly $770,000. In 2008 it was about $720,000.
Signing bonuses vary from $100k to $20 million.
There are 1,696 total players in the NFL. According the US Census 1860 there were aprox. four million slaves. Who had no rights, no money, no fame, no security.
NFL players get paid this to play a game. Yes, it's dangerous but so are many other professions that receive far less compensation.
They, unlike slaves, have the choice to find another profession. They, unlike slaves can earn a small fortune. They, unlike slaves have rights that protect and help them. They, unlike slaves earn fame and notoriety in our society.
They, unlike slaves, have really very little value to the survival of our society. However, the argument can be made that our nation was built, at least in part, upon the labor or slaves.
They, unlike slaves, have the opportunity for a very bright future for them and their children. Slaves did not have the same opportunities.
To say that NFL players are like slaves, is like spitting in the face of all of those who did endure and still endure true slavery.
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