This weekend Adam Rank, of NFL.com posted an article listing the top 6 people who have disappointed their NFL Dads the most. The article is titled, “The perfect father’s day gift? How about a better NFL career.” I don’t even know where to start with this one. Why would anyone write something like this? How is this relevant, noteworthy, or thought provoking in any way?
Rank listed 6 people, whom he declared to have “never lived up to the lofty expectations of their NFL fathers.” One of the people he put on this list is NBA player Grant Hill. Apparently, Grant Hill has disappointed his father because he chose to play basketball instead of football. I guess choosing the sport in which he is able to make more money, play longer, and have less of a risk for life threatening injuries is a disappoint to his father.
Cooper Manning was not on the Top 6 but was given an “honorable mention” in the article. Based on the facts, I’m assuming this “honorable mention” implies that Archie Manning is disappointed in his eldest son because he was diagnosed with a spinal condition that prohibited him from continuing to play football. Wow, what an implication.
This is a ridiculous article. I pray that no one mentioned on this list had the misfortune of stumbling upon it this past weekend. As we all know, in life there are ups and downs, celebrations and disappointments. But, for anyone to declare that they are the authority on who is successful or unsuccessful in life is just absurd. One person’s “successful life” is completely different from another’s. One father may be proud that his son is overcoming the challenges of Autism, and another may be proud that his son finally won a Super Bowl. Is one feat more honorable than the other? Isn’t pride relative? Isn’t everything in life relative?
Everyone has specific circumstances that factor into and determine the outcome of their careers, lives, and relationships. Mr. Rank, all due respect, but please don’t pretend to know those circumstances.