Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Saints 36-32. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

State of the NFL: Pathetic

Growing up, we all admired at least one athlete and we would do anything to be like him/her. Today, that might not be such a good thing.

The Bountygate situation is proving to be bad for the reputation of the league. Basically the entire ordeal is two sides of an argument yelling that the other is lying. Is this what we want our kids to see? Do we really want to show our kids that accusations of lying is okay?

I personally have a niece. Now, she’s only 9 months old so she’s not affected by this, but a few years she’s going to be looking to some star as a role model and I can honestly say that if it is one of the players in the NFL, I hope they are different from today.

These men are being paid to play football, a sport that they love, yet they can’t manage to play because of contract talks. Listen, I know that money is important to a man like Drew Brees, but what message are you sending to you younger fans.

If I’m a kid that looks up to Brees, I’m learning one thing: it’s okay to not work if they don’t pay you enough. That’s not a mentality that children should be learning. I’m a recent college graduate, and I’m unemployed, but I would NOT turn down a profession job because of the pay right now, within certain statutes. That’s not a quality that people need.

Bountygate is possibly one of the worst things the NFL could have had happen. Grown men are paying each other to knock each other out. That’s almost like a kid giving another kid $5 on the playground to go push someone over. I understand football is a violent sport, but the level of hatred and neglect that this team has shown is unacceptable.

If I was a parent, I would keep my kid away from the news stories surrounding the NFL these days. Growing up, I looked to Troy Aikman and Michael Jordan as role models, and I think I turned out okay. But, imagine if I had grown up admiring Jonathan Vilma and Plaxico Burress. I bet I would have had a different outcome.

We shouldn’t stand for this. We pay these players and right now they just aren’t up to par with our standards. Morals mean something to me, and should mean something to this fan base. I’m not saying boycott, I’m just saying don’t let your kids grow up disappointed.

Ultimately, it is our job to point out the flaws in modern day athletes. Players have this notion that they can do what ever they want without any consequences. But, when I hear a kid tell me he’s not going to college because LeBron and Kobe didn’t go, it upsets me.

The youth of this country is losing it’s grasp on reality and morality. We all know it stems from the behavior of these professional athletes, and the NFL is the biggest offender.

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