I feel sorry for Sam Hurd, I really do. In an a world where the economy
is still on life-support ,the unemployment rate is higher than Rick Perry's IQ,
and that light at the end of the tunnel is an on-coming train, Hurd had
to try to make ends meet on $650,000 a year. That is quite a challenge
and I sympathize with him. I understand signing a 3-year deal worth $5.1
million in the off-season with the Chicago Bears, would have to
make a lot of people work harder to stretch their dollar and make
it go further.
I feel sorry Hurd had to try to do it under terrible conditions. His
employer made him practice, sometimes twice a day, and ordered
him to run pass patterns on a big field in front of 80,000 fans on
Sundays and occasionally, Mondays, too. There haven't been working
conditions like that since Kathie Lee Gifford's clothing line came out in the
mid-1990's, and 12-year old kids were forced to work 15 hour days
in heat that would melt her husband Frank's, plastic from the plastic
surgery he had.
Hurd is a pretty intelligent guy, though. He realized the NFL-life
expectancy is only about 3.5 years. A professional athlete does have
a lot of time on his hands during the season and Hurd, apparently,
used it wisely to prepare for his career after football. When rookies
come into the NFL, they must attend a seminar that helps you get ready for,
and adjust to life after football. The former Dallas Cowboys receiver
really took this to heart.
Before and after practice, Hurd set up his own company and streamlined
it to make sure the cost of overhead was very little. He hired a few
independent workers which didn't require him to set up a 401k, insurance,
or any other retirement plans. At only 26-years old, Hurd was a savvy
businessman and who was also loved and admired by his co-workers.
Hurd appeared to have it all: Fame, wealth, and security.
But after this past week, it appears security is the only thing Hurd
will have for the rest of his life. He's going to be in a maximum-
security prison for a quite awhile. But it'll have a roof and serve three
square meals a day. The wide receiver for the Bears was
busted by Homeland Security after he attempted to set up regular
purchases of 1,000 pounds of marijuana and five to 10 kilograms of
cocaine to expand a drug distribution system he'd already established.
Good night! 1,000 pounds of marijuana purchases? At one time, Hurd
did play for the Dallas Cowboys so he must've received some good advice
from Nate Newton, who spent some time in the Big House for moving
massing quantities of marijuana around the country. Hurd must've missed
out on the part of how NOT to get caught, or Newton wasn't really
qualified to disseminate that part of the scheme.
I'm sure that Hurd will say that he was just using his entreprenuial skills
and trying to build a company for life after football, but come on, a drug
ring? As an active NFL player? Wow. I guess he didn't see the numbers
like those on his post-game stat sheet. Nobody buying and selling drugs
in that quantity goes unnoticed. Like a receiver in double-coverage, the feds
blanket you and your every move. This was a dumb move, the dumbest
we've seen in a long, long time. Hurd was cut by the Bears and has
traded in his deep navy blue uniform with orange and white trim, for one
that is all orange, accessories included, which are currently locked on
his hands and ankles. Hurd is facing up to 40 years in prison. The fields
might not be as long there, but as Plaxico Burress found out, there will be
enough room to run a few pass patterns.
An NFL player in the prime of his career operating a drug ring? As I've
said many times before, the only thing we know about people, is
the fact that we really don't know very much at all about them, do we?