There seems to be a growing problem with drinking and driving among NFL players. Now, I used the word “seems” intentionally in the last sentence because I’m not sure if the number of DUIs recently is actually higher than in the past or if the media now just makes it out to be this way. (Think about the times back in the 60s when drinking and driving was the norm and guys like Max McGee and Paul Hornung were flying around…partying was almost glorified and my guess is that the raw percentage of players drinking and driving was likely even higher).
Irregardless (which, by the way, is not really a word, so next time someone you know uses irregardless trying to sound smart, correct them by telling them to just use regardless and throw in there that they must not be as smart as they think they are), these guys getting DUIs just doesn’t make sense to me. I’m not saying this from a moral high-ground position, I’m saying this from an economic position. When there is so much at stake for these guys (endangering their lives/the lives of others, suspensions, being cut, public ire, fines, shaming the family), why don’t they take a cab or hire someone to drive them? We are talking about people who earn more in one lousy practice than most of us do in many months of work. Why can’t they afford to take a taxi? Why can’t they hire someone to take them to/from a party if they know they’re going to have a few drinks?
Now, I know there may be puritan prohibitionists out there wondering why these guys even need to drink in the first place. After all, they’re athletes/role models etc. Well, I won’t go that far for several reasons: 1) they’re human and beer is good, 2) given most of these guys are in their 20s, a strong argument could be made that making sure to drink a few Pabst in one’s 20s is the objectively right thing to do, 3) it’s not necessarily the drinking piece to me that’s problematic (let me make my point here), but it’s the incredibly poor decision to, while drunk, get into a fancy car that is already noticeable and drive 70mph in a 30mph zone. Not only could all of these guys afford a limo to take them home, they could take a helicopter for the love…In fact, many of these guys have so much money, they could afford to buy the night club and have it moved to their backyard so they could just walk back home after the night expires. It just doesn’t make sense.
(Business idea: offer to be a team’s permanent designated driver and while these guys are hammered going home, obtain info from them re team secrets, sell the secrets to a website and make a fortune).