In light of the NY(NJ) J-E-T-S re-signing holdout Darrelle Revis I just could not keep quiet about holdouts and my opinion of them. It’s simple really, I don’t hate holdouts, they haven’t done anything to me personally (even though as fans we feel they have), I just never want to see them win another game, EVER.
This also goes for hold outs such as Eli Manning who refused to play for the team that drafted him. As soon as he did this, and as soon as was traded to the Giants, the NJ Giants automatically became my least favorite team in the league. I already didn’t like them to start with, and that pushed me over the edge. In fact, as a Steelers fan, I was even rooting for the Patriots to go undefeated and beat the Giants in 2008. I don’t like the Patriots at all, but I was rooting for them because I could not bring myself to root for a jerk who refused to play for the team that drafted him.
Now this view has come with a price. I always liked John Elway – he was one of my favorite players, until I learned he told the Colts, the team who drafted them that he refused to play for them and would play baseball if they drafted him and kept him. This automatically made me a non-fan of Elway. Elway said he didn’t want to go to the Colts because he didn’t think that they gave him a chance to succeed. Are you kidding me?
No matter how bad the team you are drafted for is, you go and play your guts out for them to make them better. Sam Bradford was drafted by the St. Louis Rams this year. A team that won one game last year and has arguably the worst receiving crop in the NFL. However, there was never a mention of refusing to play for the Rams or forcing a trade from them. I was indifferent about Bradford but now I hope the kid wins, and wins a lot.
But holdouts everywhere, I can’t root for you, and won’t. In the case of Revis he was signed to make $21 million over the next 3 years, guaranteed. And he wanted more. I would trade my salary for his, just to play a game four months a year no questions asked. If I were the J-E-T-S owner, or any owner for that matter, I would never negotiate with holdouts. If Revis was holding out there would be no discussions. He could hold out for the rest of the 3 years of his contract if he wanted. He is the one who signed the contract and even if you “outplay” your contract you still have your John Hancock on it. And that is no one’s fault but your own – and your agent of course.
You signed a contract. Have the marbles to play the rest of the contract out without complaining and crying about it. Holdouts everywhere, I don’t understand. You should play for the team that drafts you and work your tail off to make them better, and you should play out the contract you signed, no questions asked. I wish more fans would take a page from my book and no root for the holdouts of the world. So holdouts everywhere, beware #12 will not be rooting for you, or your team.
I never root for hold outs. I never root for draft holdouts, because you should relish the chance to play a game you love for a team that thinks you are good enough to draft you and pay you millions of dollars. I never root for contract hold outs because you signed the contract and you should be man, or woman, enough to play out the length of the contract. You are getting millions of dollars to play a game. Shut up about your contract. Play your butt off and cash in on the next. Hold outs, you suck, and my hope for you is that you never win another game, ever.
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