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Monday, April 26, 2004
Geoffrey Norman has an article on Pat Tillman up at NRO. Given that news of Tillman's death came just twenty-four hours before the NFL draft, it was a given that the sacrfice of Tillman be compared to the saga of Maurcie Clarett or the Eli Manning story.

Concerning Manning, however, I think Norman is just wrong. I'm not one to defend athletic primadonas, but Eli Manning isn't one. As ESPN's Chris Berman pointed out over the weekend, the sort of behavior that took place between Manning's camp (his agent and his father) and the San Diego Chargers is nothing new. More importantly, it is highly uncharacteristic for the Manning family, who are known as a class act through and through. Eli Manning wasn't shuffingling around trying to get the most money. He wanted to play for a team that might give him a chance. His father Archie might know a thing or two about that. Archie Manning was a phenom at Ole Miss during the early 1970s, and he ended up spending eleven years with the Saints, and never saw a playoff game. I can't blame Eli for wanting to avoid a lackluster team like the Chargers.

I say all that to say this: If one is going to juxtapose Pat Tillman's heroic sacrifce against the crybaby Maurice Clarett, don't lump Eli Manning in the same category. Negotiations are a part of professional football. Manning was playing by the rules, not trying to recreate them.
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