So, a Couple of Eagles Asked Brandon Graham for a Loan

Tremendous story by Tim McManus this morning over at Philly Sports Daily. The looming NFL lockout appears to be nothing more than a fight between millionaires and billionaires. But when you consider that many NFL players will play in the league for far less than a decade, sign one lucrative contract (at best), and have no other discernible skill in life, what you're left with is a handful of set-for-life players and a bunch of guys who are going to be broke just a couple of years after they hang it up (78% of them).

It's guys like that who sought assistance from Brandon Graham, who signed a $14 million contract and has a group of trusted advisors:

This makes him attractive to the needy and the greedy seeking some liquid – including his own teammates. By Graham’s count, at least two fellow Eagles have asked him for substantial loans to get them through the lockout.

The most he’s gotten hit up for?

“100K,” said Graham.

“They try not to make it awkward. They’ll come to you like they’re joking, but they’re serious. They’re trying to feel you out, to see what you’ll say.”

Graham always has the same reply: No.

“I’ll be like, ‘What are you going to do with it, other than blow it?’ I don’t want to be beefing with guys on my team because they owe me money,” said Graham.


Besides the obvious chuckle that comes with hearing an NFL player asked a teammate for a loan, situations like this allow us to see just how much of a gap exists between the owners and the players.

Pretty much a must read from T-Mac.


41 Responses

  1. That’s incredible. It makes you want to lobby for the players a little less, but I still cant justify what the owners are doing and where they stand right now.

  2. Agree 100%, Ry. No question the players will come out on the short end of the stick when this is over. Too many players will be wanting to cave.

  3. Despite what I read here, I can NEVER side with greedy billionaire owners who basically blackmail cities into building lavish, luxury box laden palaces, then gouge season ticket owners for monstrously high PSL’s before charging for season tickets, including full prices for preseason games. The players aren’t exactly covering themselves in glory, but the owners are hellbent on having their cake and eating it too.

  4. Flash – It’s a business. Greed is a fantastic motivator for success and I can’t fault the owners for that. They have a great product that people will do anything to play/watch. If people really feel that adamant about how much goes into owner’s pockets, they’d find something else to do than buy tickets, merchandise and TV packages.

  5. Jactaid: Then no one can fault the players either when it comes to servicing their own greed. Their lifespan in the game is dreadfully limited, maybe five years, ten tops for elite stars like quarterbacks and have to earn what they can while they can. But owners can sit back and rake in the dough for years, decades on end (i.e. Davis, Al), safe and secure in the knowledge that pro football is a drug, they’re drug dealers in thousand dollar suits, and the fans are the hapless and hopeless addicts. Don’t get me wrong, I love football, but I don’t buy tickets (never been to a game live, never want to either), merchandise or TV packages, while I’m hoping there’s no lockout that jeopardizes the 2011 season, I won’t look for a tall building to jump from should that happen.

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