An Open Letter to the NFL Players


by Anonymous

(Sep. 26, 2017) — You graduated high school in 2011.  Your teenage years were a struggle.  You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate.  Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 pounds and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football, or you could slip down the line and make a tackle with regularity.

Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football.  Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonald’s for minimum wage.  You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best.  They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s or some other minimum wage-jobs that serious students often work.  College was not an option for him.  On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter.  You went to summer workouts.  He went to basic training.

You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans.  Tutors attended to your every academic need.  You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard.  You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.  Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice.  He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19-year-old soldiers who grew up just like he did.  He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young Americans give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.

You went to the NFL combine and scored off-the-charts.  You hired an agent and waited for draft day.  You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million, although you had never played a single down of professional football.  Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat-tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach.  He will ride in the back of a Black Hawk helicopter with ten other combat-loaded soldiers.  You will sleep at the Ritz.  He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep or live in wooden makeshift barracks which might be lucky enough to have air conditioning.  You will “make it rain” in the club.  He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name.  For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week.  There are no adoring fans.  There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest.  He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV.  When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television.  While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country and is still alive.

To the players of the NFL:  We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys.  Some anxiously wait for Sundays so they can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although many love to watch you play, they care little about your opinions until you offend us, our flag and our country. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.  We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth.   Many should be ashamed for putting their admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right, honorable and good for this nation.  But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.

I am done with NFL football and encourage all like-minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well. Millionaire spoiled brats deserve neither our respect nor sympathy. Grow up and act like men instead of puppets of the radical left who hate America.



12 Responses to "An Open Letter to the NFL Players"

  1. MacWell   Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Professional sports has become a joke to us (seasoned citizens). I grew up playing baseball from March to October. We had a pretty good softball field, with a chain link backstop, and infield, so we had it pretty good. I loved the game, until they went on strike. I don’t give a hoot why, with all the money the sport makes they should have worked it out. Same with basketball. I switched from baseball to B-ball, then, THEY had to go on strike, so they also lost me. Now I was always watching football because of the season changes, but then, NFL was all that was left to watch and support. Well I say, “good riddance”! Now I have that little thing called the internet. Not much reason to even have pay tv anymore.

  2. SLA   Friday, October 13, 2017 at 10:58 PM

    Sharon, did you look into who “anonymously” submitted it to you, and why?

  3. JohnD   Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Thank you Sharon Rondea for making this article which is one of the best I have seen on the subject available to the public. I received it via email and plan to share it widely.

    Thanks again.

  4. Carlos Perdue   Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Amber C Taylor is a cowardly hit & run racist moron.

  5. Shannon   Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 12:54 PM


  6. Carlos Perdue   Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 8:23 PM

    Excellent letter. I would add a few things.

    Whiny overprivileged ungrateful halfwits in the NFL not only insult soldiers and law enforcement. They insult the American people and the USA. Their protest implies that most of us are racists, bigots, unfair etc. It’s a blame-shifting cover story.

    Imagine the world of these ‘oppressed’ multimillionaires. Constantly sucked up to by toadies and people who to do business, women (and men) throw themselves at them, the owners and others humor, appease, ignore and encourage trashy arrogant lowlife thug behavior, they imagine they’re superior geniuses because they’re wealthy, they hang with other ‘playas’ in the same cushy echo chamber, and consequently they’re outraged that sometimes they don’t get a pass when pulled over driving drunk, when the police come to their door on a domestic violence report, etc. They actually get arrested & convicted less often than other Americans…Hardly because they’re less criminal, but because they get passes others don’t get – being celebrities, wealthy, hooked up with top attorneys, connections with powerful toadies, sponsors, owners, etc to get them off.

    Even with those privileges, it outrages them that they ever get pulled over at all or held accountable in any way. So they blame racism, police brutality, “inequality”, injustice, etc, as an excuse, and hoping it pressures police & prosecutors to look the other way.

    Inequality? If we had equality they wouldn’t be making millions a year. It would be redistributed so they made the national average wage. What, $40k? Or the international avg, what, $5k? If they weren’t hypocrites they’d be offering to equalize their salary to a ‘fair’ level, but none do. Some like Joshua Norman donate the relative equivalent of their lunch money to some cause and then pretend their sacrifice is like Christ walking the earth again. Norman donated $100k to hurricane relief and used that as the basis to smear President Trump’s efforts. What a sacrifice! Now he only has $74,900,000 left from his 5-year contract, plus interest.

  7. tony   Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    Amber Taylor, most of us think you are the moron and cannot face reality.

  8. Amber C Taylor   Friday, October 6, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    What casually racist garbage.The author of this is a complete moron.

  9. Sharon Rondeau   Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    To be clear, I did not write the editorial. In fact, it was submitted to me anonymously but I thought it worthy of publication.

  10. barry   Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM

    Awesome job here, Sharon. 64% of NFL fans agree with you!

  11. Sharon Rondeau   Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    I thought this went out on FB…

  12. Gregg Foster   Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Sharon, Facebook post would be hit. Share!

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