Since everyone is going this route. Let me try this a different way. Lets see you garbage men, nurses, or police officers pull a Jamaal Charles and break the tackles of Ed Reed and Ray lewis all on one play. Oh, thats right you cant. That means you are an unintelligent and useless human being right? WRONG!!!
People were put on earth to do different things. These NFL players work just as hard as your nurse, your police officer, your fireman. They just have a different occupation. The fact that being athletic in America is synonymous with being unintelligent is preposterous. Professionals all have intelligence, they are just geared towards different objectives. Also I find it just ridiculous that we as fans are so quick to judge players and say that "they can only play football", when most Americans are mainly employed for doing one thing their whole entire life also. If you went to college to become a computer technician, I doubt that any law firm would hire you to become a part of their criminal defense chapter. In other words, we aren't just jumping from profession to profession like its nobodies business. Bottom line, we should all respect the hard working. No matter if its that hard working Wal Mart manager whos social skills and pizzaz which he spreads among his peers makes for a better working environment and a sexier spot for consumerism or if its a bus driver who says very few words, gets people to their needed destinations on time, and can still come home to his family and be a father and husband. We are all valuable, income shouldn't determine our importance to society no matter how meager or abundant.
As a person who has felt the hit of a bad economy, watching the Chiefs play last season was one of the very few consistent joys in life. They put a smile on my face when they would pull out a big W. The amount of money in comparison to the average american that these players were making was completely irrelevant to me when Shaun Smith plodded across the goal line at Qwest field. I saw 22 hard working men and that is all that mattered to me. We all had great memories from the team last season that you couldn't put a price on.
We are the reason players have these salaries. It is our consumerism of the National Football League that puts money in these players pockets. If you don't like it, dont watch football, dont buy jerseys, dont buy any memorabilia, dont go on nfl related websites...it is that simple. As for me, whether the season begins in September, October or November, I'll be chilling on the futon chuggin a mexican soda in my Chiefs mug on a Sunday afternoon sporting a Dwayne Bowe jersey because I support the game of football and respect and value the players hard work.