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October 31, 2012

"Junior Seau: Song of sorrow"

Very sad. And article contains this almost unbelieveable statement: 

Within 12 to 24 months of retiring, three out of four NFL players will be one or more of the following: alcohol or drug addicted; divorced; or financially distressed/bankrupt.


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It takes character, the kind that sports doesn't build, to handle wealth. Most people squander it on self-indulgence. Why should footballers be any different?

Ted Craig

Well, John Elway remains very successful finacially, but divorced. The real issue is these men are used to competing at the highest level. Normal life is pretty boring after that.
Actually, most extremely driven people in any field pretty much suck as human beings. It's an unfortunate fact of life.


High-level achievement in any specific endeavor requires maximum focus on that specific endeavor, at the expense of adequate focus on many ordinary, albeit necessary, skills for a successful life in the real modern world.

Consider Robert James Fischer: arguably the greatest chess-player of all time; indisputably a complete failure as a human being, whom not even a mother could love (he was fanatically consumed with Jew-hatred, though his own mother was Jewish).


What "skill" is "don't abuse legal or illegal drugs?"

Cannot the game for John Elway have been, "how do I stay married to the wife I love?"

If a single-minded focus on chess is damaging to one's real life, where are all the crazy Russian chess masters? Compare Kasparov to Fischer: Kasparov publicly opposes Putin. I'm surprised he's still alive.

The lives of failed athletes are no different than the lives of failed lottery winners.

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