We need real heroes

The 75th NFL Draft took place last week, and though some surprises occurred it was still genuinely the same premise.

The Draft and National Signing Day are the two events in the sports world where it is socially acceptable for the entire country to actually care about the futures of men whose job descriptions require them to weigh 400 pounds and knock each others’ heads off.

Such is the world of professional sports, where people are paid untold millions because they can throw a 100-mile-per-hour fastball, sink a putt or shoot a 3.

We put them on a pedestal, because they make a living doing what some of us spent our childhoods hoping we would eventually do. We call them heroes, and glorify their accomplishments on the field.

Lately, though, it has occurred to me that we may be too quick to excuse their wrongdoing off of it.

Last year, one athlete pitched a fit during practice partly because he was not satisfied with what was already a multi-million-dollar contract. The saga went on until he was finally traded to another team and given an even more ridiculous amount of money.

I’m just a fan and I don’t know all the details, but it appears he was rewarded for whining. He really should have been told to grow up and be thankful for what he has.

Another high-profile athlete got what I consider to be a slap on the wrist when he was suspended four games without pay after allegedly mistreating a woman. Again.

That punishment isn’t going to do any good, because the man probably burns money in his fireplace.

I hope the allegations surrounding him aren’t true, because I guarantee he is some kid’s hero. If they are true, not only is he not a hero, he’s not much of a man either.

Why does our society devote whole news shows to an athlete who runs around on his wife and puts his family through something a family should never have to endure?

Was anyone actually surprised when he broke his promise to change his attitude the first time he returned to sports? I wasn’t. Apparently he’s been breaking promises for a while. But I guess he deserves highlights and endorsements because he’s a multimillionaire athlete?

Why wasn’t the guy remained faithful to his wife and supported her through chemo treatments given one quarter of that attention before he beat the promise breaker at his own game?

We need to stop glorifying whiners, alleged abusers and cheaters simply because they are good athletes, and replace them with people who work hard, respect others and keep their word.

We need to change our attitudes — and our heroes.

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