Perspective: Why Athletes are NOT More Important Than You and I

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TJ Ward & Joe Haden Cleveland Browns by sportiqe, on Flickr

I will be honest with you, I was not even planning to write another article before next Thursday because I have to work and travel, but I could not let this go.

I am sitting in craptastic Chicago O’Hare Airport, otherwise known as one of the worst destinations in the Midwest. I just finished a semi-spirited discussion on Twitter on how athletes should be allowed to have a personal life even when they are sick or injured.

Here is this bottom line; the job that athletes have is not more important than the one that you, I, and the mayor of any city in America has. Why? Our jobs effect people. They are entertainers whose job pays them a salary that is slightly higher than ours.

Joe Haden, who allegedly plays football for the Cleveland Browns, is injured and may not play this week. People are up in arms that instead of spending every waking moment rehabilitating himself and preparing for a GAME on Sunday, he would dare to enjoy life and go to the Casino in downtown Cleveland.

Athletes are no more important to their job than you or I are, in fact, they are probably less important. If I take a sick day and decide I want to go to a baseball game or the casino, so be it. Why are athletes not allowed to enjoy their lives as you and I are?

Guess what; there is more to life than your job. Here’s the question I posed on Twitter: When you call off sick from work, do you stay home and do nothing or does life go on with other plans? Exactly, there are things you are going to do.

Remember, your job is more important than their job. I know, they play football, baseball, basketball, hockey, etc., but get perspective—it is a sport. If you work as a nurse, teacher, Twinkie maker, I.T. dude, car salesperson, or almost anything else, your job is much more important than someone who entertains. Does Joe Haden matter to the Browns? Sure. Is he more important than someone that has an effect on someone else? Not a chance.

If you put more importance on what an athlete does in his or her personal time above what happens in your life, you have already lost the battle of life.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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