When I was 14 years old and I first started watching football I was in love (no homo) with LaDainian Tomlinson! He still is my favorite player of all time, the grace in his running style, the speed, the juke moves, the stiff arm and the power that most didn’t expect. He was the first true “hybrid” back, catching balls out the backfield, the guy was La’Veon Bell before La’Veon Bell. I even liked his calm “put in work on the field” attitude, dude didn’t need to go wild he just knew he was the man on the field so why talk? Let’s be about that action! To see him enshrined in the hall of fame was not only a satisfying moment for me, I damn near cried listening to his speech! I don’t care what anyone says I have him #2 back of all time right behind Barry Sanders. Here is where the niceness ends and I tear the NFL ass apart (no homo)…
It is a fact that the NFL is destroying itself, most people would say it all started with Ray Rice and the domestic incident seen around the world but no…that’s not when it started. I trace it back to Junior Seau’s 2012 suicide. That was the beginning of the end of the NFL. During that time there had been a growing concern over CTE’s and more specifically the bocumentary “League of Denial” by Frontline coming out in 2013 really showed me that the league was over. To understand the implication of brain damage on football legends such as Seau who was not just a phenomenal Linebacker, he was a Hall of Famer first ballot, was disturbing. Sprinkle on that a 2014 domestic violence saga were Ray Rice and Greg Hardy were talked ESPN more than LeBron (ya fam it got THAT serious) this was a recipe for pure doo doo cakes. Add on that the retirement of Patrick “THE NEXT LAWRENCE TAYLOR” Willis and his rookie phenom teammate Chris Borland…the writing was on the wall, clear enough for King Nebuchadnezzar and all true sports fans to see. Don’t get me started about Aaron Herenandez this post could go 0 to 100 nigga real quick. The NFL is over. I will declare it right now, it is done. This is the turning point to a sport and chapter in North American history that we will never re live.
Gone are the days 1990s or early 2000s football, where Chad Ochocinco would put on a show in the Endzone, gone are the days of savage hits and amazing interceptions…all gone. Its over. Who is to blame? THE NFL! It’s a scapegoat to say that it is all roger Gooddell’s fault. No, he’s a business guy that wants profit for his shareholders who are the owners and the sponsors…he could give a fuck about the players. He’s a slimy piece of shit that’s true but the climate he’s in allows it…the climate of the NFL. Here is a league that prides itself on being tough when the owners are scared of hurting their business by hiring a former All-Pro Quarterback (Kaepernick…if you’re too slow to get the reference). A league that will fine players 50 racks for twearking in the endzone (Antonio Brown), a league that will literally let players consistently get away with domestic violence (Ezekiel Elliot and countless others) but are quick to ruin an athletes career over some Mary Jane (Josh Gordon). The Climate is pathetic.
I wrote extensively on brain injuries and sports, its clear like visine how the NFL has messed this up. The best player in the league doesn’t want to talk about his experiences with concussion because he fears being benched. Yes, Tom Brady would get benched for Grappalo if Belichiek knew he was getting permanent brain damage from Terrell Suggs sacks. This isn’t just an irregular thing, NFL players consistently deny concussions and “play it off”. All of this shit would be iight if the NFL had a morale code and weren’t fuckin Hypocrites…but guess what, the mess up yet again.
This week the Miami Dolphins signed one of the most pathetic Quarterbacks of all time, Jay “imma ruin ya season in with the first snap” Cutler. In a classic Cutler move, he not only quit his media job (he would suck at that too) he decided to join the same conference Tom Brady has been shoving his left testicles in for the past 14 seasons. Instead of picking up an actual threat at QB who has a history of winning KAEPERNICK they decided to get a pathetic piece of human flesh called JAY “Imma find a way to lose, believe dat” CUTLER! “Nah, lets not sign the best free agent Quarterback who’s actually fighting for a righteous cause in this nation that consistently shows racial injustice, nah lets go with the retired sack of human excrement!” – Dummy Miami GM who’s gonna get fired in 3 months…
This league is pathetic. It’s a league that is quick to chew and spit out its best players while consistently ignoring ones that don’t fit their twisted “agenda”. Everyone go and search up Brent Grimes interception, I promise you it is one of the most phenomenal INT you have ever seen but the NFL hates his out spoken wife (she has a great podcast) and never showed his highlight. The NFL is quick to give terrible contracts with shitty guaranteed money for EVERYONE but 5-6 Quarterbacks when the Average NFL career is 3 years. It is time for us as NFL/Sports fans to boycott the NFL with our time, attention and the most important thing Our Wallets.
Imma still watch football but I will bootleg and stream all games. I will not support it, I will support NCAA and youth football but the league is pathetic. I can’t do it anymore. My sons (if I have any) will not go to the NFL I will not allow it and I encourage all athletes to avoid it.
I give it 3 years till they start to free fall into oblivion and even less than that for a viable competitor to rise up. The flag football league looks promising.
THE NFL IS OVER. Remember where you read this.
p.s. Shout outs to Ross for inspiring me to write this.