I found it hard to believe that there were stories which showed so-called role models from the African-American community acting as if they did no longer have to work hard and earn their positions. It does not bow well for our youngsters to see that after a few years of hard work, is the time to now put it on cruise control. This community can never afford to cruise and these very intelligent people should know this. First we examine the actions of Randy Moss.
“If Randy Moss (notes) doesn’t give up on this play, Brett Favre (notes) doesn’t get injured.” “And if Brett Favre doesn’t get injured, maybe the Minnesota Vikings go on to beat the New England Patriots and maybe Moss doesn’t give his bizarre, postgame self-conference and maybe the Vikes are 3-4 today and thinking playoffs instead of sitting in the NFC North cellar at 2-5.” “But Randy Moss did quit on the play.” “And on Monday, the Minnesota Vikings quit on him, cutting the four times All-Pro in a stunning move that was undoubtedly accelerated by his antics the prior evening.” “Coach Brad Childress informed the team of Moss’ release during a team meeting on Monday.” “This play nearly sums up Moss’ brief stint with the Vikings.” “The talent is still there, but the effort and dedication was suspect.” “Moss lost his balance upon contact, but quickly regained his footing.” “If he had kept running and put out his arms instead of loafing, he scores with ease.” “His actions on and off the field seemed to be those of a man who was all but begging for his release.” “Up until Sunday, his talent made the drama worth putting up with.” “Not anymore.” Chase, Chris, 11/01/2010, Yahoo Sports, How Randy Moss quitting on a play led to his release by Vikings, Retrieved from email@example.com). Now check out the incident involving Donovan McNabb.
“To say that Mike Shanahan made a mountain out of a molehill by benching Donovan McNabb late in the Washington Redskins loss to the Detroit Lions would be inaccurate.” “Since there was no previous problem with McNabb and no clamoring for the quarterback to be replaced by backup Rex Grossman, there wasn’t even a molehill.” “There was nothing.” “Shanahan magically conjured a mountain of thin air.” “He made something out of nothing.” “In doing this, Shanahan created a discussion that will dominate attention in D.C. and throughout the NFL for at least the next two weeks (the Redskins have a bye on Sunday) and likely throughout the rest of the year.” “Shanahan said he benched McNabb with 1:45 left in the game and the Redskins down by six points because Grossman was more familiar running the team’s two-minute offense.” “As Dan Steinberg of the DC Sports Bog points out, McNabb has been familiar enough with the two-minute offense to run it all season, including in an almost-identical situation last week against the Indianapolis Colts.” “Shanahan didn’t pull McNabb because Grossman knows the offense better; he pulled him because he thought Grossman gave the team a better chance to win.” (Chase, Chris, 11/01/2010, Yahoo Sports, Why did Mike Shanahan bench Donovan McNabb?, Retrieved from firstname.lastname@example.org).
We can do better and we must do better if for no other reason than to keep hope alive for the youngsters in our community.