I just can't understand the mindset of NFL rookies who hold out during training camp and the pre-season. Cedric Benson of the Chicago Bears is a prime example this season of one who doesn't get it. Did he notice that Philip Rivers is on the bench again this year behind Drew Brees. Memo to guys who think a few extra bucks (and yes that's what it amounts to when we're tossing around the millions these guys make) is worth risking valuable time in training camp learning the system, forging relationships that will help your success, and actually earning a starting spot that could impact your career: It's not worth it. Here's a couple of quotes by Rivers on ESPN.com today. Rivers: "As bad as I want to be a Charger, I want to play. I don't want to sacrifice and be a backup to be a Charger. That's not something I want to do or I'm going to do."
Later on in the article when asked if he regrets holding out (which directly led to him not starting) he said,
"I don't regret the way we [Rivers and agent Jimmy Sexton] handled it. I never felt any guilt. If we go back and do it again tomorrow, we'd do it the same way. We'd take the same approach."
-Sorry buddy, you can't have it both ways. As my mother says, "you made your bed, now lie in it".