When Mike Pouncey was drafted last weekend, the first comment I made to a friend of mine was, “Did you see the size of his watch?” The younger Pouncey brother, undoubtedly helped by his older, wealthier NFL brother, was sporting a jewel adorned watch the size of my face.
Personally, I don’t really care what players do with their money, even the ones who haven’t technically made a dime yet in the league. But it turns out, former Kansas City Chief and current Minnesota Viking Jared Allen was disappointed by the jewelry spectacles at the 2011 NFL Draft:
I think the bigger disappointment was to see the jewelry on these kids’ arms and ears. Are you kidding me? You haven’t played a down in the league yet and thousands and thousands of dollars on these kids arms and I’m like you guys understand you’re getting drafted into a lockout where you don’t know what rules you’re playing under or how much money you possibly might get.”
Granted, Allen isn’t exactly a fan of the NFL draft in general:
I don’t like anybody who was drafted ahead of me. Kind of pisses me off. You know it did. I honestly think it would’ve been cool to see none or all of the players elect to not show up. I think that would’ve given a really big sign to the NFL. You want us to appease you guys by coming to this show, because that’s what the NFL Draft is on TV, it’s a show for their fans and a show for the league, you want us to do that than let’s get this deal done, let’s quit locking us out, and let’s get back to work.
Check out the whole Jared Allen interview at SRI.