Friday, November 14, 2008

Dunbar: Tough Times For Henson?

What is there left to say about Drew Henson?

This week he was cut from his home team, which is the worst team in the NFL and destined for an 0-16 season. The team then gave the starting QB position to a retired, washed-up free agent half way into the season and whose other QBs, respectively, have a shattered thumb and cannot throw a spiral.

But what can we blame Henson for? Can we say that if he would have stayed at Michigan for his senior year he would be better than Tom Brady?

The NFL has proven that the most hyped QBs and players burn out as easily as an NBC primetime drama. Ryan Leaf, Tim Couch, Akili Smith, David Carr, the list only grows more and more each year.

There is no way of determining whether Henson would have been ER or My Own Worst Enemy.


Sure we can ogle the lives of others as the aforementioned Brady or Justin Timberlake, but what is not to envy of Henson's. Great stories surface of him at Michigan. Played minor league ball under a fat contract that set him for life while he chased tail across the country. Signed another contract to play in the NFL to pad the bank account. Can live wherever and do whatever he wants for the rest of his life by the age of 30 for playing two kids sports and tell his children he played in the majors and the NFL.

Michiganians love to hate on Henson, and we love to follow his every move. Americans are facinated by potential. However, maybe he knew better than us that the NFL would make him the next Andre Ware.

Henson made a business decision just like every sport team does to its players and although he is not Tom Brady, we'd rather be in his situation than writing about it.

1 comment:

Sherry said...

Too bad this athelete, with so much potential, never had the focus to be great