15 Ways That Your Life is Better Than a Professional Athlete’s

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15 Ways That Your Life is Better Than a Professional Athlete's

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Many of us dreamed of being a professional athlete when we were young, and some people still have fantasies about it as adults. Getting paid a ridiculous amount of money to play a game for a living sounds like an amazing life. As kids, we loved these sports so much that we used to pay to play them. Well, our parents paid in most case, but we were the ones using our adorable faces to peddle candy bars door-to-door in service to our little league organizations.

The idea of getting paid to do something you love seems pretty great, but there is a much steeper price that comes with it than most people realize. When we have our fantasies about the professional athlete's life, we typically picture game day, and not the rest of the baggage that comes with it. We also tend to imagine being the hero and not blowing the big game, which is just as likely.

We often idealize the life of a professional athlete, which in turn makes it worse for them. I’m not saying we should feel sorry for professional athletes, but most fans do not treat them like human beings with the weak justification of ‘their life is great so it doesn’t matter’.

Again, I don’t feel bad for professional athletes, or for that matter, anyone who signs up for something knowing the deal going in. But I definitely don’t envy them the way I used to. Money isn’t everything, nor is playing a game you love for a living. Combined, they sound pretty wonderful, but there are several things about a more ordinary life that we should appreciate.

Aaron Charles is a Kansas City Chiefs writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on twitter @aaroncharleskc or add him to your network on Google

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15. You Can Go On an Eating Binge Whenever You Want

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With the exception of offensive and defensive linemen, most athletes don’t get to experience the miracle of creating a food baby.

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14. You Know Who Your Friends Are

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Until their star fades, athletes never know who around them are their real friends.

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13. Your Bad Day at Work Doesn’t Make National News

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Bill Buckner, Mitch Williams and Chris Webber (in college, but the point stands) all had pretty bad days at the office that they will never be able to forget.

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12. You Can Tip a Normal Amount Without Being Considered a Jerk

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When people know you have money, they expect you to be overly generous with it. There are actually websites that chronicle servers’ experiences with famous people and how much they tipped.

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11. You Likely Know If Your Spouse Loves You For You

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If you haven’t met that special someone before becoming famous, there is no way to tell what they are really interested in.

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10. You’re Allowed To Say Stupid Things

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We don’t always think before we talk. I imagine it’s especially tough to think with a microphone in your face after a physically draining game. I definitely wouldn't want my words picked apart by everybody and their mother. And in the heat of the moment, it's not uncommon to get carried away and say crazy things. Maybe you didn't go as far as 'I want to eat his children', but you've likely said some things you wouldn't want the public to hear.

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9. You’re Allowed to Be Young

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A lot of Johnny Manziel’s critics did a lot of stupid things when they were his age too. The only difference is that they didn't make headlines.

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8. You Don’t Have to Answer Stupid Questions After Having Your Soul Crushed

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Stupid questions are annoying enough as it is, but after your dreams have been shattered, it’s probably a lot worse. Add the fact that you’re likely being criticized for your failed performance at the same time, and it has to be one of the most frustrating situations possible.

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7. Your Opinion Doesn’t Make National News

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If professional athletes say anything remotely controversial or interesting, they are a distraction to their team. Strong opinions are encouraged by the media, but just so they can write about it later. Boring, canned responses are always in an athlete’s best interest.

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6. Your Likelihood For Concussions Is Much Lower

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Concussions have serious long-term symptoms that you don’t want to mess with. It doesn’t apply to all sports, but several of them carry severe long-term health risks.

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5. People Who Don’t Know You Don’t Have a Strong Opinion About You

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Before meeting somebody, every famous person has already made their first impression. Whatever mistakes they’ve made are prevalent in the mind of the person whose hand they’re shaking.

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4. Everybody Doesn’t Assume You Cheat On Your Wife

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The mistakes of a few apply to the masses. Alright, maybe more than a few made the mistakes, but some athletes are faithful.

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3. Your Family Doesn’t Expect Handouts

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It’s unfortunate, but most families have at least a few opportunists mixed into the bunch. Family is a priceless thing, and relationships are often tainted by large sums of money.

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2. You Aren’t Owned By a League or Team

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Granted your boss tells you what to do at work, but he can’t fine you for saying or doing something stupid, riding a motorcycle, or showing up to work overweight. Leagues and franchises make professional athletes sign away a lot of their rights in their contracts.

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1. You Can Go Out In Public and Be at Peace

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As someone who hates talking with strangers, this would be one of the worst for me. Thankfully, I’m not good at anything. Constantly being hounded for autographs, pictures or just some time to chat would drive a lot of us insane.

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  • JaymeeStahrr

    i’m sorry but your arguments have not convinced me. Bring on the gold-digging whores! I shall slay them with my short sword!

    • Vic78

      If the worst thing you have to worry about is Skip Bayless going on about your legacy, you’ve got it going on. I’ll use the 200 million and my harem to wipe my tears.

  • chairde

    Boo hoo being rich and famous is oh so hard. Try working in a coal mine or on the high steel of a construction site then you complain. Other people are subject to injuries on the job just ask the crab fishermen of Alaska or a cop.

    • Scott


      Why do you bitches always need to do this shit? He didn’t say being a pro athlete was HARDER than working in a coal mine or being anything else. It was an interesting article pointing out ways that it DOES in fact suck to be a pro athlete.

      But there is and ALWAYS will be the one idiot who has whine about it and tell everyone and anyone to ask fucking coal miners(or other equally difficult and rare jobs) how tough THEIR jobs are. If you’re too goddamn stupid to understand the point of the article, don’t comment on it…(though I suppose you’re likely too stupid to know you’re too stupid then though).

      • chairde

        An ad hominem attack never supports any argument at any time. Go back and rewrite a position that makes strength based on facts.

        • Scott

          I feel absolutely no need to re-write my position. And I disagree that ad hominem attacks “never support any argument at any time.” I made my argument and augmented it with the fact that I think you’re an idiot.

          Nobody is saying we should pity these athletes or feel sorry for them. And it’s sure as FUCK not saying that it’s not preferable to be a coal miner. What it IS saying however is that there is a downside to having absolutely no privacy, or having everything you say and do put under a microscope, having people expect things out of you at all times and making snap judgements on you based on a bad day of work(regardless of effort given), etc…etc…etc..

          You have to search for the lowest common denominator. Those who are too fucking stupid to realize that just because you point out difficulties in one profession where you earn a good living, that there can’t be drawbacks to it as well, or to go to the moronic, end of the bar like cliche line of, “try being a coal miner.” I supposed you’re the type of idiot who also says if you would have done that(fill in the blank as to what “that,” could be in terms of a mistake on the field) you’d have been fired for your job as well.

          I am impressed you know what ad hominem means and used it correctly, because aside from that, you strike me as a dumb, uneducated redneck.

          • Forrealz

            The list is bogus, that is the point you moron. All this crap they are writing about are the consequences of athletes being morons. However nobody wants to speak about that do they? Exactly, sorry you’re paid lots of money. There are pros and cons, stop whining when 90% of America is poor and spends all their money on you because they hate their lives. I’m surprised YOU know what ad hominem is because you strike me a moron.

      • Forrealz

        You think coal mining is a rare job? You’re dumb.

  • PBinAubWA

    You forgot…fans who have absolutely no empathy whatsoever for your problems because you are rich and famous.

  • Forrealz

    Saying people don’t know you is idiotic. The amount of hours of video on these athletes is immense. People have spent more time with Michael Jordan than their own mother. You can’t tip a normal amount? Michael Jordan is one of the worst tippers in the world. 100 million and you can’t tip anyone? Moron, ungrateful, addict.