The latest on a couple of big-name, chump football players

Time for a quick NFL update.

First, we’ve got Cam Newton admitting he was “very immature” and a bad teammate last year.

“I’ll be the first one to tell you, the pouting and the moping, I kind of overdid it. I know that. I was a bad teammate.”

Yeah, tell us something we didn’t know.

I can’t stand Cam Newton, primarily because I’ll never, EVER believe he “was not aware of his father’s illegal activity.” (Yep, I’m referring to his father seeking $120,000 to $180,000 from Mississippi State in exchange for Cam Newton’s athletic services.)

Oh, and his dad is a pastor. A bishop, in fact. Yep, one of those Christians… Probably judges me and you for everything.

And then we’ve got Terrell Owens — one of the most talented wide receivers ever, who was a constant ego and usually in the news more for his antics than for his actions.

Anyway, he just got cut from an Indoor Football League team for — wait for it — a “lack of effort both on and off the field.” The team said even the fans complained.

So no matter what your dreams are, remember this: Hard work often does beat talent, so go hard after your dreams. Those who intimidate you and make it look easy are usually the talented ones who’ve never had to work hard at it.

Believe me, they won’t last long.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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