NFL Gunfire – “Hi, I’m a target”

by on July 13, 2009 updated April 19, 2014

OK, I’ll be the first guy to tell you I’m mystified. News is out on a San Diego Chargers running back who has apparently been shot. So, I’m thinking “Why is it that so many NFL players seem to wind up on the wrong end of gunfire?” Is there some kind of lead magnet implanted in them? Off the top of my head I remember Steve McNair, Plaxico Burress, Ray Lewis (who wasn’t hit), and a few others whose names escape me. And that’s just in the last few years. What makes these guys, with all the benefits accrued to their position, put themselves literally in the line of fire? I asked this question of several people I know. Here are some answers:

“They’ve got more money than brains.”

“They’re young, rich, and feel invincible.”


“Are you going to eat those fries?”

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