Posted: April 1, 2011 by Football Buddah in Sports, Uncategorized
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Not exactly breaking news, right? Well, the NFL lock-out continues on into it’s 3rd week, and both sides will head to court next week to duke it out further.

This past week though, there were a few bright spots that give us NFL-junkies something to look forward to. Call it a positive step in the right direction – some of the top prospects in this years draft class have said publicly that they will attend the NFL draft in person. Julio Jones (WR, Alabama); Adrian Clayborn (DE, Iowa) and Tyron Smith (OT, USC) have all confirmed that they will be in attendance at the 2011 NFL Draft. But, more importantly, top prospect Von Miller (LB, Texas A&M) has also confirmed that he too will attend this years draft. He will definitely hear his name get called on day 1, and likely before my kids are even tucked into bed. Now, the fact that Miller is listed as the Plaintiff, representing the whole Rookie Class, in the lawsuit between the NFL Players and the NFL Owners, doesn’t mean that he or any of the other top prospects should pass up on this opportunity to hear their name called on Draft day. Even though the most they will be able to do is put on that one-size-fits-most NFL cap, hold up their #1 jersey, and have a bunch of photo-op’s taken with their new teams – oh yeah, and shake hands with the Commish himself, Roger Goodell. I guess to them, he’s the bad guy.

Now, I’ve heard both sides of the story – from the owners and the players – and I’m not so sure I can honestly say I’m on either side. It’s Billionaires vs Millionaires, and they don’t exactly have my sympathy – but, they do have my attention. They hold the game I know and love hostage, and until they can figure it all out, we’re without any real Football during this off-season. But, those up-and-coming Rookies seem to be getting the short end of the stick in this whole situation since the lock-out. They’re not even in the NFL yet, but the Agents and the Press have gotten into their heads, and it seems as if these Rookies are feeling the pressure to not attend in person, all in the name of a boycott. Sure, they’re destined to make millions too, and I applaud the current players’ efforts to ensure that the rookies are not slighted as it pertains to pay, but the notion that they shouldn’t attend the draft, is just absurd. This is a once and a lifetime opportunity for these men, something that they won’t be able to re-live next year – or ever.

I’ve also heard that some other players were invited, but declined to attend, citing that they would rather be at home with their families and such. I can respect that, if that’s truly their reason. Hopefully, those who have already agreed publicly that they will be in attendance, will pave the way for others to attend as well. I would hate to know that a potential rookie gave up his opportunity to walk across that stage after hearing his name called, over a labor dispute.

~ Football Buddah

  1. frankthetank44 says:

    I’ve read that it’s been “implied” that the veterans aren’t going to be very pleasant to any of the rookies that show up at the draft. Whether they treat them like scabs or haze them worse than they were already planning on hazing them? Who knows? Those are some big MFers though….I wouldn’t want them mad at me!

  2. Sean Haverty says:

    Let the rooks have their day in the sun. They are not actually in the union yet so what exactly are they boycotting?

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  5. vern says:

    Be glad when everything is settled..ashley harlan is seen a basketball player behind ben roethlisberger back.she will take all ben money and run off with the basketball player who she loves..ben move is over..

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