Ever since his days as a Pittsburgh Steeler, I had been a Plaxico Burgess fan. He came into the league with little fanfare but proved quickly that he had the freakish talent it took to be an outstanding wide receiver. I always wondered how the Steelers could possibly let him go given the fact he was still young and had a lot of good years ahead of him. Apparently they knew something that all of us are now finding out.
Burgess had already been displaying diva-like behavior that had been getting him in constant trouble with the New York Giants' front office. He had already missed a couple of games because of his antics. That wasn't good enough for him. He had to go and shoot himself in the leg while partying at some club. I guess that's one way to avoid the organization having to suspend you a game. Shoot yourself and take yourself out of the line-up before they have a chance to do it for you.
I heard some football analyst say that you want your receivers to be divas. The more they demand the ball, the better it makes them and they harder they work at staying at top. I can understand that to a point. However, they shouldn't be acting like that when they're not on the field. Act like you have some dang sense.
It kills me how athletes like him just take their position in life for granted. They think that because of who they are, it gives them carte blanche to do whatever they want. I'm not saying they should be role models, but at least have some appreciation for their status. I see stories like the Stevie Hicks tragedy and it makes me realize that some of these pro athletes apparently don't know how good they have it.
Yes, I know I just wasted four paragraphs talking about the stupidity of Plaxico Burgess on what is supposed to be my weekly Chiefs entry. I just didn't' see the point in wasting space talking about their latest debacle. Wait....you mean they won?! Great...now they're blowing their chance of getting some more good draft picks. How did I know that was coming?!