Seriously, some people can have so much potential, but just straight waste it.
I just read that Aldon Smith has just been released from the Oakland Raiders. (You know thing have to be really horrible in your life if even the Raiders don’t want you.) But seriously, he turned himself in to the police for domestic violence. This isn’t the first time he has had domestic violence issues either. And if you didn’t know, he has had substance abuse problems as well. The last few years have been a roller coaster of serious problems. ESPN has a an article on the timeline of all the sh*t he has been doing the last few years.
I loved watching him play for MY San Francisco 49ers a few years ago. I was even considering buying his jersey. I mean he got 14 sacks playing as a part-time player in his rookie year. That’s a lot. He was destined to be a star, but life had different plans.
It’s sad to see someone that has so much talent and ability waste it on substance abuse and bad decisions. I’m mean, c’mon, please let me have the ability to run a 4.74 second 40 yard dash. Now I’m not going to begin to try to even seem like I understand what Aldon Smith is going through. Addiction is serious and I wish him the best. But I also wish he never had the problem to begin with, instead of having him try to deal with it and get better. I guess everyone has their demons.
But then, when I think about players (and people) in general that suffer through difficulty, I realize how lucky I really am. Some are able to achieve and overcome their obstacles.
Shaquem Griffin is the man, and doing it all with only one hand.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 4, 2018
He blew everyone away at the NFL Combine, which is where you go through a series of tests to help teams see how good of a player you might be.
Everyone is talking about Griffin. Seriously, he will be an NFL player with only one hand. I mean let that sink in. How easy would it have been for him, at some point in his life, to just give up on his dream? I mean, most people would have just said it wasn’t in the card. I don’t think I would have been strong enough mentally.
So thinking of myself, I have two hands, what’s my excuse? Sure, I may not have been blessed with the physical ability that a professional football player has; like I can’t bench press 225 pounds 20 times in a row,
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) March 3, 2018
like Griffin, but I can at least try to work with what I’ve got. Making excuses for myself is easy. Too easy. Giving up on what I want because I don’t have the time, the money, or the energy is too easy. Procrastination and excuses are are demons that can
hinder success. We all want success (no matter what it means), maybe it’s time I learn from other’s successes and failures, and do something.