Making his first appearance since December
Loyalty is a funny thing. It’s always in black and white, no shades of gray. You either have it, or you don’t. Because if you are loyal you are ALWAYS going to put the team before you, you are always going to give your absolute best, your heart and soul for the best of the club and the name on the shirt. Money, trophies, they come with time. But if you show respect and loyalty you win the fans, you get comfortable and things just fit into places. But if you don’t have it… what is the point? What is the point of doing something if you are only doing it half-hearted. Because football is not just a sport, not a place where you do business. The team is your family, the name on the chest becomes your name and once you’re in, there’s no going out.
Ian Crouch on Shabazz Napier’s one shining moment of truth: http://nyr.kr/R0mhxQ
“Speaking to reporters earlier in the tournament, Napier said that while he had played for Connecticut—making money for the school, his coaches, Nike, and so many other stakeholders in the system—he had not always had enough spending money to buy food. It might have gotten lost amidst the excitement of the national championship, were the contrast between the image of a hungry student athlete and that of the immense profits made from his sport not so striking.”
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