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When I signed my rights away to Northwestern University and the NCAA, there were a few local news cameras in attendance accompanied by my future position coach, family and friends. But now days, these kids are taking it to a whole new level. I mean, they traded in humility for stardom. They want to be stars and celebrities before paying their dues. Now days, kids are creating professional quality, well written, theatrical production videos to announce which school they will decide to play college ball for. Lebron James didn't even do that when he decided to go to the Miami Heat and the entire world ridiculed him for it. Yeah yeah, I know what you're saying, these are just kids. I understand that. In fact I think I blame Lebron James for making the signing of a contract such a spectacle.
Now don't get me wrong, some of these videos are freaking awesome, but why isolate the player from the TEAM. I must admit, it would have been fun to partake in the production of the videos, especially the one when they parodied The Walking Dead and the one where they rolled out the red carpet for another kid committing to UCLA. But at some point we must draw the line. I believe we are opening Pandora's box and creating monsters and prima donnas. I can only imagine what it will be like in the years to come. We might see full fledged movies and biopics of 5 star recruits before they even step foot on college campus. Pretty soon middle school athletes will announce what high school they will attend on live television shows for the nation to watch. Before long, they will be doing a multitude of interviews on syndicated radio shows. TMZ will be knocking at these kids doors with paparazzi. I could go on and on about this, but I will let them live without going in on them too hard.
Maybe some good can come out of this. Maybe it will influence more football players and athletes of different sports to work harder; creating a more competitive environment for the sport. Maybe this is a plan devised by the executives of the NFL to help spark the growth of the sport, since there has been a reduction of athletes playing football in recent years due to the whole concussion scare sweeping across the states. All we can do is sit back and watch how it all will pan out. But anyway, I included 2 of my favorite videos below. Enjoy.