Quoted from fosaisu:
Sounds fantastic, why didn't you do it?
Oh, right, because you lack the exceptional skills that these guys have and that Americans are willing to spend billions every year to watch. Just like the rest of us schlubs in this thread (excepting dirtbag's brother, of course).
Right, and even if you did have an exceptional amount of talent, being a "professional football player" isn't exactly lucrative. Let's not forget that includes Arena, CFL, XFL, AAF. Some of those guys take a beating every week just to have their checks bounce.
Not every player gets paid handsomely and gets to bang super models. It's just not how it works. I know that there's a lot of jealousy toward high paid athletes (particularly thugs), but you couldn't pay me enough to be recognized out in public by every jackoff that's ever had me on their fantasy team.
Quoted from Who-Dey:
Doesn't matter, they aren't worth it. Our military personnel makes peanuts compared to athletes. The owners make it happen by building these big stadiums and stuff so they should reap most of rewards. We could argue this all day but the truth is they aren't worth what they are getting paid. I guarantee you that everyone of us on this forum have a more meaningful job than an athlete does.
If you want to really contribute to service members, there are PLENTY of ways to do it. Go ahead and take that step if you feel so strongly about them being underappreciated and underpaid. It doesn't even all need to be financial donations or direct compensations. Pick up a pen and write your state senator. Volunteer at the VFW. Help with career coaching at your local workforce development. Go help at a homeless shelter (unfortunately where a disproportionate number of soldiers end up). Vote for candidates who focus on diplomacy rather than wars.
Seriously, if you want to make a difference in those people's lives, stop comparing them to professional athletes and go out and do something for them.