I obviously haven’t kept up my blog like I planned. But an article that I read just yesterday from Bleacher Report has prompted me to write today.
As most of you know, I am a die-hard South Carolina Gamecock fan. I attend at least one game a year all the way from Alabama. And yes I wear my Gamecock clothes right here in the heart of the Tide. Here are my thoughts from the article.
All American Jadeveon Clowney is considering a $5,000,000 insurance policy to protect himself in case he experiences a career ending injury and causes him to miss the opportunity to play football in the NFL. It’s even being talked that he might forego his junior season and just prepare for the NFL draft in 2014.
Initially this story frustrated me on many levels. And I am not over it yet. If you aren’t interested in my rant, you might want to check out now. But here goes.
Once again, another person has bought into the lie that money will make you happy. I understand that he is probably a number one draft pick after next season and millions of dollars will be thrown his way. But let’s say he gets injured and has to settle for a normal life, working a normal job, living in a normal home, benefiting from the education he is receiving for FREE at the University of South Carolina. Is that so wrong? I enjoy my normal life immensely! He probably would enjoy normal too.
And when did we have to start insuring our sports dream? It is a dream of every kid to make it to the NFL. To play on the big stage. But only 1 in 16,000 make it to the professional level. So it’s not only a dream but a rare privilege. So maybe instead of an insurance policy being your backup plan, consider using that diploma.
Not to mention that 78% of NFL athletes file bankruptcy just two years after retiring because of their mismanagement of money. Proving that money can’t satisfy any of us. We like what it can buy but most of the time we don’t like the responsibility that comes with all the money.
I am obviously speaking from a normal perspective. I have never made lots of money. I enjoy a good salary and a great life. I can’t even begin to tell you how blessed I feel. My family gives me so much joy. I love serving as a pastor and helping others. We have a modest home, take vacations, have smart phones and play games on an iPad. If any of that really means anything?
I’m certainly not against anyone making lots of money. If you can, go for it. I just don’t think it needs to control our lives.
As for Clowney, I’m pretty sure the guys he hits every weekend need insurance more than he does. If he reads this article, I may need it. I’m still a Gamecock football fan and I wish the best for Clowney. With that said, the best for Clowney may not be a big bank account. And learning to enjoy normal isn’t so bad.