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It's Not Always About Money for Pro Athletes


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From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette: "Hines Ward cried yesterday. Tears flowed freely down the cheeks of the Steelers' tough wide receiver as he tried to describe what it meant to lose a big game and watch a Super Bowl opportunity possibly forever slip the grasp of Jerome Bettis and others."


I caught the audio of this interview on sports radio yesterday and was really impressed by Ward's love for his teammates and passion to win. Some people may think he's a wuss but I'll take a guy like this on my team any day. It definitely beats the greed too often associated with pro sports.
As much as I hate the steelers (browns fan), I have more respect for him than any other player.
He is the definition of what it should mean to be a professional athlete.
I would love, I mean love to see the browns get him somehow.
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Its nice to read the good things about these "larger than life" athletes. When a player shows true loyalty, compassion, generosity and dignity, it rarely makes headlines. When they land on the police blotter or in a contract dispute, that's when we hear about them.

The media has a responsibilty to cover both sides, but they rarely do.

I'd take Ward on my team after reading this.
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I obviously can't speak for Ward so maybe he will pick the highest bidder one day, but I would be surprised if that was his number one priority. So long as the Steelers' brass show they are committed to winning and willing to pay him fair market value I see him staying in Pittsburgh to try and bring number five to that city. The Steeler organization has also made it clear he will be their top priority when it comes time to resign him, so I doubt he'll have to look far for the highest bidder.
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ya know... I'd like to agree with the nature of this thread... but then there's Albert Belle... and Manny ... and then Thome - he sure isn't about the money, is he? .. and then Boozer - you show me respect and I'll show you respect... so I've completely given up on the "It's not always about money for pro athletes"... sure they have emotions... and they have integrity... but it all takes a back seat when money is on the table...

but then this USC QB says... I could be a gazillionaire right now... but I'd rather be a kid instead for another year... where's that come from??? .. oh, he's not a pro player.. yet.. maybe that's where it all breaks down...

and then there is Brett Favre.. so maybe.. just maybe there are a couple exceptions to the rule...
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Without a doubt the majority of these players are intense competitors once they get on the field.

The fact that they can wipe away their tears with $100 bills and throw thew away like Kleenex bothers me. It truly isn't "about the money" to these guys, seriously. It's "about the number." These fellas have absolutely NO concept about how much $$ they actually make, so it really isn't about "money." They just sign with who offers the highest "number." Ward will follow this pattern when the opportunity arises. Piss on him, he's a Steeler.
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