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How classy is this?

Paddingtonwolf

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Wow. That is a truly great gesture and I am sure will mean so much to him. Fair play to all involved.
 

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what a fantastic gesture, and what a truly amazing guy Le Grand is.
 

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Forgive my ignorance (I know nothing of the NFL), but if they can't pay him, what does being signed actually mean?
 

MARKakaJIM

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Forgive my ignorance (I know nothing of the NFL), but if they can't pay him, what does being signed actually mean?

I'm assuming it just grants him the opportunity to tell people he was an NFL player once? He picks up no money and can never play a game but it just gives him something to say, personally i wouldn't see the point if i were the paralysed guy, i wouldn't really want to tell my grandkids or whatever that i'd been an NFL player under those circumstances because they'd be sure to ask about me playing and such.

Its a nice enough gesture and if its made the guy happy then fair enough but i think its a little pointless myself.
 

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I'm assuming it just grants him the opportunity to tell people he was an NFL player once? He picks up no money and can never play a game but it just gives him something to say, personally i wouldn't see the point if i were the paralysed guy, i wouldn't really want to tell my grandkids or whatever that i'd been an NFL player under those circumstances because they'd be sure to ask about me playing and such.

Its a nice enough gesture and if its made the guy happy then fair enough but i think its a little pointless myself.

OK, understood. I agree with your view too.
 

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I'm assuming it just grants him the opportunity to tell people he was an NFL player once? He picks up no money and can never play a game but it just gives him something to say, personally i wouldn't see the point if i were the paralysed guy, i wouldn't really want to tell my grandkids or whatever that i'd been an NFL player under those circumstances because they'd be sure to ask about me playing and such.

Its a nice enough gesture and if its made the guy happy then fair enough but i think its a little pointless myself.

OK, understood. I agree with your view too.

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I'm assuming it just grants him the opportunity to tell people he was an NFL player once? He picks up no money and can never play a game but it just gives him something to say, personally i wouldn't see the point if i were the paralysed guy, i wouldn't really want to tell my grandkids or whatever that i'd been an NFL player under those circumstances because they'd be sure to ask about me playing and such.

Its a nice enough gesture and if its made the guy happy then fair enough but i think its a little pointless myself.

This is what I thought...pretty pointless.
 

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How pointless is the profile of disabled rights being raised internationally?
 

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Sometimes it is good to do things, not because they raise the profile of a cause or to publicise an issue, sometimes it is good to do things because it makes someone else happy and it's a decent and honourable thing to do. This fits that bill...That's all. Why knock it? That seems somewhat churlish...
 
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How pointless is the profile of disabled rights being raised internationally?

This is bollocks.

Sometimes it is good to do things, not because they raise the profile of a cause or to publicise an issue, sometimes it is good to do things because it makes someone else happy and it's a decent and honourable thing to do. This fits that bill...That's all. Why knock it? That seems somewhat churlish...

This, I'd believe.


If the guy appreciated the gesture then that's great, but to say that there was some grander scheme at work is just tosh.
 

MARKakaJIM

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If it makes the guy feel happy then fair enough, I'm not going to try and take that pleasure away from him.

If it were me in his shoes however, I don't see what I'd get from it, just an empty title, no achievement, no great story to tell in years to come.

Each to their own.
 

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It's no different than being an "honorary member", getting an honorary degree, etc. as used elsewhere. It's an organization recognizing you for an act or achievement. It's simply a symbolic gesture from the team acknowledging a guy in unfortunate circumstances. I don't see why anyone would be offended or see it as pointless.

But I suppose if, say for example you did some charity work in Wolverhampton and Wolves identified your accomplishments by sending you a jersey with your name on it, you'd probably just shrug and toss it away. ; )
 

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That certainly wouldn't get passed Mark's "tell the grandkids" test T3ch
 

MARKakaJIM

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That certainly wouldn't get passed Mark's "tell the grandkids" test T3ch

At least I'd have a shirt to show the grandkids, better than telling them I was signed as professional athlete yet didn't get paid at all and never competed even for a second. I'd consider honorary degrees and such like equally empty.

If I'd been in his place and a team offered me a symbolic contract I'd politely tell them 'thanks but no thanks, I appreciate the the gesture but it does nothing for me.'
 

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Quite why people think nothing of this is beyond me - is a little bit of compassion and decency in this day and age too much to ask for?

Absolutely fair play to them, I say.
 

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At least I'd have a shirt to show the grandkids, better than telling them I was signed as professional athlete yet didn't get paid at all and never competed even for a second. I'd consider honorary degrees and such like equally empty.

If I'd been in his place and a team offered me a symbolic contract I'd politely tell them 'thanks but no thanks, I appreciate the the gesture but it does nothing for me.'

You would have a shirt to show, and he has a contract to show. Same thing.

You're focusing too much on the usefulness of the item. I suppose people should send out commemorative dinnerware when they appreciate someone? A pen set? Maybe a box of tea?
 
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At least I'd have a shirt to show the grandkids, better than telling them I was signed as professional athlete yet didn't get paid at all and never competed even for a second. I'd consider honorary degrees and such like equally empty.

If I'd been in his place and a team offered me a symbolic contract I'd politely tell them 'thanks but no thanks, I appreciate the the gesture but it does nothing for me.'

How about when he sits down and says, "You know, when I was young I was a good football player, I had high hopes of one day signing for a team in the NFL, but I was seriously injured in a game and my hopes and dreams were shattered. But you know what, as I battled daily to try and walk again an NFL team came along and offered me a contract, and although I never played a single minute for them, I fulfilled a dream to sign for an NFL team."

To me that's worth a fuck of a lot more than a scrotty replica shirt...
 

MARKakaJIM

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I'm not trying to stop anyone appreciating the gesture, if he likes it then well done him, if you like then enjoy it as much as you like. All I've said is that I wouldn't take much consolation from it, it wouldn't do anything for me personally.

People are allowed to have different opinions.
 
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