The insanity of pro athletes’ salaries

Have you ever thought about just how ridiculous are the amounts of money that professional athletes make each year? What’s more ridiculous is probably the fact that so many of them end up broke after their hiatus in their various league within 5 – 10 years after their career comes to an end. But anyway, I’m not having a fit of jealousy or bitter by this, but it does make me think about the fact that no matter how gifted, no one is really worth that kind of money. I understand the insane revenue that athletes help to attain, but, come on.

Anyway, I saw a link to this on espn’s site today and just had to shake my head to understand that Manny Ramirez makes the equivalent of my YEARLY salary in one quarter (.24) of one game! Even more remarkable, he makes my YEARLY salary in less than even one at bat (.88)!!! Unbelievable. In other words, I would have to work 625 years in order to make just one year’s worth of Manny’s annual salary.

You can actually follow this link http://sports.espn.go.com/espnradio/salary/index?athleteId=3951623 if you would like to plug in your own salary to see how it compares.

I can’t even begin to imagine what I would do with that amount of money. But, even in seeing this little ‘exercise,’ I still wouldn’t trade what he has in wealth for what I have in Jesus! I’ll just keep storing my treasure up in heaven! As we have learned from Solomon in Ecclesiastes in recent days, Manny can keep his wealth…along with all of the trouble it brings!

I Married my bride, Erin, in 2003. We have 3 children: Emma, Elijah, and Lydia. I have served full-time on staff at Westwood Baptist Church, in Roxboro, NC, since summer of 2006 as Pastor of Students & Discipleship. I am currently enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing my Doctorate of Education.

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