Researchers told it's invasive, degrading
The NFL combine is one of the most troubling events in professional sports.
Reminiscent of a cattle exchange, prospective NFL players come to be checked out
by scouts, team doctors, and coaches. This has to be one of the most traumatic
experiences of these athletes lives. They go from big man on campus to just
another piece of meat in a matter of months. To an extent, it is understandable
for teams to put potential players through a series of tests, because these
teams will make a major investment in them; however, the extent to which they go
to is a bit extreme in my opinion.Many fans would argue that, they are going to
get paid so much it doesnt matter; I want to know everything about them. Why is
it that our fanhood gives us the right to delve into matters that are kept hush-
hush for a reason? I am of the opinion that while these athletes will be
somewhat compensated for the intrusive combine requirements, they are people
just like you and me, and dont deserve to have their unmentionablesmentioned.
Whne I was in high school my coach told me to enjoy my senior season since next
year I would be a paid piece of meat in college.He was correct.And these college players are just starting to learn that this is a
"business" and they are a commodity. Nothing more. They can be legends in
their own minds, but it is about what can you do for me, not what you thought
you did in college.
When I lived in Baltimore I had some friends in church that play for the Ravens.
Though the slave market thing is certainly hyperbole, it is a pretty invasive
process. The stories they told were pretty crazy.I agree that these
guys are blowing it out of proportion, but if more detail were offered in the
article I think people would be surprised what a meat market it is.
This article is ridiculous. The combine is not a slave market. It is a venue
for potential NFL players to display their talents and abilities. I think that
the scouts from the various teams have every right to examine players from head
to toe because they will be investing thousands and millions of dollars into
those players. If a player doesn't want to be evaluated then he doesn't have to
go. Being poked and prodded for a couple of days is a small price to pay for
fame, life-long financial security, and the chance to play the game one loves
for a living. There are millions of men across the country who would switch
places with them in a heartbeat, so to complain about something so insignificant
is absolutely absurd.
It is amazing that the combines can be compared to a slave market.
Overstatement. Lack of historical facts...poor comparison.Simply
put, these athletes are trying to cash in on their athletic ability. The size
of the salaries they will get are several times larger than what they could
compete for in any other market--like the one their education has prepared
them.Wine and cheese...unreal. Try working a real job, start at the
bottom and learn humility.
"Slave Market"? Slaves didn't have a choice, weren't paid millions, and didn't
play a game that they loved. These people need to educate themselves and stop
making themselves look like idiots. They get dumber every year.
We need to find better role models then some of these players and coaches. The
media needs to do a better job of finding great people doing great things
besides just hyping Major league sports. Our kids need to develp other
interests. Go spend more time with your kids instead of watching Football.
"It's pretty much a slave market," one said, "and we all know it, but we all
know that this is the process you have to go through."What looser
said this? This comment is so awful and it makes me sick. The NFL combine is
nothing like a "slave market" I'd like to know which slaves were paid millions
of dollars to throw and catch a ball.This person should be
identified for making such a terrible comparison with the awful slave trade.
Who cares what these guys have to go through so that they can make their
fortune? If they don't like it they don't have to do it. As bad as this
article makes it out to be, it doesn't seem to hold a candle to the things you
have to go through to get a job for the federal government. Let's investigate
these boys' backgrounds, submit them to the demands of a polygraph test to
verify personal character and ethics, and then see what they think about the
combine. They need to stop their complaining.