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Laughable concern: Are we supposed to feel sorry for millionaire athletes?

Newspaper and story headlines that use words like "dilemma" and "concern" when describing the so called plight of professional athletes is hard to digest given the millions of dollars on the table and sensible civilians questioning why you should feel sorry for any of them.
But in the case of Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, his riches that are waiting aren't in the form of a contract but rather an insurance policy that tallies $10 million.
Here's the skinny on Finley: If he doesn't play in at least four games by October, he can claim a $10 policy since he was injured last year, the final year of his contract, and is a free agent. Teams probably are steering clear of a tight end like Finley, given that a neck injury isn't the kind of long term investment most clubs are willing to risk, even though the now former Packers tight end is only 27 years old.
The $10 million dollar insurance policy is guaranteed money, which is more than most NFL teams would say about the idea of bringing Finley into the fold for anything close to that amount.
Finley isn't asking for any pity or for fans and players alike to use any of the aforementioned words to show sympathy for him. He's already made a ton of money, but he's also got a sum of cash on the table, enough money to last a lifetime even if he never takes another snap.

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The situation is somewhat sad, however, given that a serious injury make take away Finley's livelihood much sooner than he intended.
And that truly is the sentiment that should be looked upon with sympathy. The money, when it comes to looking at the situation Finley is in, is a moot point as far as discussion among fans and those who watch players like Finley play each and every Sunday.
We don't want to hear about how much money Finley could have made. And we certainly don't care about the money he will be getting paid, whether that is from an NFL team or an insurance company.
What's easy to digest is Finley not being able to play football again, which in principle is no different than injury or illness taking away what you do for a living each and every day.
No one is going shed any tears for Finley no matter which way this goes for him. He's either going to make a fortune or, well, make a fortune. But no price can be put on not being able to do what you love.
That's frustrating and sad but also can be appreciated on any level.

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