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Goodell on average length of NFL career

Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:29 pm
Is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell re-writing the facts about the length of a player's career?

He said this recently to a group of San Diego Chargers season ticket holders.

Goodell is basically re-working the long-held belief that an NFL player's career is around three years on average.

This is the interesting part. This belief has been around for years. Many years. If the NFL believed it was false why are they only saying so now?

Can I give you a few guesses?

Might it have something to do with the lockout? Maybe. Possibly. Kinda'.

It seems Goodell is saying this now to engender sympathy from fans. The numbers could be absolutely accurate (and I'll going to spend the next several days examining them) but it smacks of cheap when Goodell publicly attempts to re-work those numbers now while in the middle of a labor dispute that in some ways centers around player health.

Category: NFL
Tags: Lockout

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:57 pm

Goodell on average length of NFL career

Goodell's lie begins with his decision to pretend that all of those guys who began their careers on the taxi squad or injured reserve don't count. Hey, Roger, when they get busted up in their first training camp or pre-season, they became the league's responsibility. You sound like Wal-Mart (and any number of other employers), eager to foist off your employees on Medicaid and the food stamp program. 

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:15 pm

Goodell on average length of NFL career

Let's not forget in one year they make more money than most Americans makes in 4-5 years. If they play 3-5 years, they probably make more than most make in their lifetimes @ their professions.
Let's make this easy.  Say a player enters the NFL around 20 years old.  Say that player gets about makes 1 million dollars.  That is like someone making $50,000 a year for 20 years (not counting interest!!) .  Say that player makes three million.  That would be $50,000 for 60 years.  Making him 80 years old.   I think a lot of players make more than that $3 million.  It would only take $6 million to live $100,000/yr until he was 80.   Do the math.  Player aren't using money wisely.  Pension should not even be a factor.  The NFL and the players don't need all the money that they make today.  They should actually make consessions to the ticket prices for the fans.  Let the advertising and TV money pay for the rest.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 11:12 am

Goodell on average length of NFL career

I gather, according to Freeman, that long held beliefs that are wrong should not be corrected?  Goodell is completely correct, and that must make Freeman and D Smith quite unhappy.  Not that it should matter.  When a 30 year old former NFL player loses his job, he should simply go out and find another one.  That is what the rest of us do.  Whoever said an NFL career means you never have to work again?  Of course, if these idiots knew how to manage money, then it would mean that.  But, the vast majority are idiots, so there you go.  They will live very large for a few years, and then need help from the government to make ends meet. 

Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:52 am

Goodell on average length of NFL career

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Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 19, 2011 10:26 am

Goodell on average length of NFL career

Yo Freeman I mean NoStyle,

Anyone with half a brain knows that the 3 to 3.5 years average was skewed heavily low by guys that never made a roster.

I personally never had the time or access to the data to calculate it but obviously Rodger Goodell does.

Why is wrong for Goodell to present the actual facts?

Is it because it makes the players whining more ridiculous?

Oh never mind Freeman, what was I thinking, you do not have any idea what facts are all about anyway.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2011 9:13 am

Goodell on average length of NFL career

I'm trying to imagine an appropriate non-professional athlete scenario in which we would see the same discussion. Can current and former McDonals employees argue that they deserve some sort of payment based on the average career of a McDonals employee? Perhaps lawyers could band together and argue that being disbarred doesn't mean that they aren't entitled to receiving a 6 figure salary. Honestly what relevance is the length of a players career to the owners regarding compensation. Why do non of the player seem to get that they don't deserve a long, prosperous, Hall of Fame career? I feel as though writers like Freeman, who is so slanted it makes you wonder if his pay isn't somehow affected by the prosperity of the players, are the ones fueling this discussion. I love football and by most standards spend far too much time paying attention to it, and while I want to see a great season in 2011, these discussions are are truly unrealistic and ridiculous.

Since: Aug 11, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:07 am

Goodell on average length of NFL career

Freeman, you are are solidifying people against the players...It serves my hope for an end result, so keep it up...GOD JOB!

Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 9:59 pm

Goodell on average length of NFL career

Gosh I am so sick of Freeman's slant journalism regarding this lockout.  He is not so much pro-player but anti-owner and anti-Goodell.  Every time I read an update from Freeman on this I am expecting conspiracy theories at this point.  What shoddy journalism.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 7:06 pm

Goodell on average length of NFL career

What the players union, the NFL, the owners need to do is sit down with these young players and the draftees and show them the stats on players who do not even make the NFL. Show them the stats on the players who get hurt and do not qualify for pensions. Show them the stats on how many go bankrupt buying houses and fancy cars and jewelry etc. I know you can never correct STUPID but even if they reach a few of them and show them how to save and invest properly maybe it would be a start. The Players, the union and the NFL need to work together in doing that and maybe they would not be in this situation again.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:43 pm

Goodell on average length of NFL career

I am not a sportswriter
  Neither is Freeman.

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