The Philadelphia Eagles organization has once again proven itself truly to be devoid of class.
In the case of Shawn Andrews, number 73 starting Right Guard, who has courageously admitted he is dealing with depression as the reason for not being at training camp, the management of the NFL franchise in Philadelphia has gone overboard in proving to be cold, callous, unfeeling even. And they’re using the sports-talk radio disseminators and duped fans to do their dirty work.
Instead of fining the man $15K a day for not being at camp–that’s more than a quarter of a million dollars, because he wants to get his mind right so he can play professional ball for this team owned by a former Hollywood movie producer, they should be arranging for evaluation or assistance to get him back up to mental condition to play the game.
We think Terrell Owens was right when he used the words “No class” to describe the Eagles organization. BTW Jeffrey Lurie’s claim to fame as a movie mogul is he was the producer of a film titled “I Love You To Death”. That says a good deal about they way he runs his football team.
According to Lurie, at his State of the Team Address, it’s the head coach, Andy Reid who decides if a player is fined for being absent from training camp.
Can you believe it? Andy Reid who has two young sons who are as troubled as troubled can be. Drugs and other emotional issues abound in the Reid family and this cat can’t bring himself to cut Andrews a break? Instead he talks about how some other player may be starting in the OG position if Andrews stays out any longer. Way to go Andy.
Here’s the skinny on Andrews…the stats, just the stats. He’s 25 years old from Arkansas. He was born on Christmas Day. Like most pro ball players of any sport, he grew up poor. He’s got five years in the league. He bought his mother a fine auto and he had her home renovated. One Christmas, his second year in the league, he gave $5,000 in gifts to needy children in Philadelphia. He’s a very interesting man.
The Eagles writers describe him as , “A powerful and athletic offensive lineman, Shawn Andrews quickly earned a starting role …” You have to read it for yourself.
We see Andrews, also known as the Big Kid, as generous, humble, smart and very brave.The man’s been injured for his team. He’s quite sensible to put his mental health first, since he’s not made his physical health a real priority. We say this because if you really value your health you don’t take a job where people are hitting you and you them with great force to move a little piece of leather across a pasture.
We’re glad Andrews made an appearance at camp on Sunday, but we say owner Lurie, head coach Reid and team president Joe Banner, need to take some time to review Andrews’ situation. We do not believe he deserves to be treated so badly. Rescind those fines. It’s not like you really need the money what with the price of tickets for a game.