I think it’s safe to say that these are some rough times. Between unemployment, droughts, fires, wars, migraines, etc. etc. we’ve faced endless economic and natural disasters, but none have been more devastating than the NFL lockout. It is an outrage when a nation can stand by and let dozens of professional football players suffer silently as they face the possibility of having to live below a seven-figure salary. If this continues it will be a sad, sad day in American history. How will you explain to your grandkids that for several months an entire nation turned their backs on a group of people who’s only crime was wanting to make an extra few billion dollars?

My dad forwarded me the email below. I don’t know who wrote it but it is a poignant reminder of the important things in life. I know it’s not Christmas time but it’s never too early to think about giving.

OK folks, here is your chance to really help those in need!! I hope you will
do your part!  I’m hoping I can count on you!

Hundreds of Professional Football players in our very own nation are going to be locked out and deprived of their life-giving pay for several months, possibly longer, as a result of the upcoming lockout situation.

But you can help! For only $27,080 a month, about $902.75 a day (that’s less than the cost of a large screen projection TV) you can help an NFL player remain economically viable during his time of need. This contribution by no means solves the problem as it barely covers the annual minimum salary, but it’s a start, and every little bit will help!

Although $900 may not seem like a lot of money to you, to a football player
it could mean the difference between spending the lockout golfing in Florida
or on a Mediterranean cruise. For you, nine hundred dollars is nothing more
than a month’s rent, a mortgage payment, or a month of medical insurance,
but to a football player, $900 will partially replace his daily salary.

Your commitment of less than $900 a day will enable a player to buy that
home entertainment center, trade in the year-old Lexus for a new Ferrari, or
enjoy a weekend in Rio .


Each month, you will receive a complete financial report on the player you sponsor. Detailed information about his stocks, bonds, 401(k), real estate, and other investment holdings will be mailed to your home. Plus, upon signing up for this program, you will receive an unsigned photo of the player lounging during the lockout on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean (for a signed photo, please include an additional $150). Put the photo on your refrigerator to remind you of other peoples’ suffering.


Your NFL player will be told that he has a “special friend” who just wants to help in a time of need. Although the player won’t know your name, he will be able to make collect calls to your home via a special operator in case additional funds are needed for unforeseen expenses.

Remember, a lifestyle is a horrible thing to waste…