Spiegel: Andrew Luck Haters, Please Get Over Yourselves

By Matt Spiegel, co-host of The Danny Mac Show, host of Hit and Run

I sat around after the show at a computer in the office as I often do, taking care of odds and ends. Took care of some business, some personal, emails and such; printing a few things, whatever. And the Andrew Luck news broke. The probable first pick in the NFL draft has chosen to remain a student-athlete for another year.

He cites wanting to graduate next spring, and to finish his football career with the teammates he came to Stanford with, as the main reasons for his decision.

CLICK HERE for the Danny Mac Show-Boers and Bernstein Transition. The guys discuss Luck’s decision to return to Stanford.

I’d say in the next 40 minutes, I heard, or read, him called “an idiot” about 50 times. That term, and all it implies, for someone who did not do what the name-caller would have done.

I’m aware of the tens of millions he’s turning down at this instant. I know he could get hurt (though Sam Bradford did and was still the #1 pick the next season). I get that he might play poorly (like Jake Locker) and damage his value. I know that the collective bargaining agreement is changing, and the kinds of deals #1 overall picks get will most certainly change forever by next draft. Best case scenario, he’s still probably costing himself millions. His family is wealthy, but it’s still a surprising move; after all it would be HIS money, not his family’s.

As Boers and Bernstein laid into him with their entertaining brand of vitriolic ferocity, listeners texted or emailed in to pile on, and the chorus grew stronger and stronger. Then I logged onto Facebook, and saw scores of their sycophants spewing out the same venom, usually word for word. There they were; dozens of people, looking desperately for both an original thought, and a target for their own frustrations. The Andrew Luck news and coverage gave them both. I hope they felt better.

As the unanimous voices grew, I felt worse and worse about humanity. An idiot? Really? Because he dare value money less than you? Because he dare make a decision that could take “generational wealth” out of the hands of his children? How in the hell do you people have any idea what matters to him? Maybe he likes school. He majors in architectural design; maybe he likes that more than football. If he doesn’t play a down in the NFL, has he broken some unspoken contract with you? How dare he play football, and not want to be a rich NFL quarterback as soon as humanly possible. Do you realize how absurd it is to imprint your values and needs on to him?

Maybe he has a girlfriend he loves. Maybe he wants to hit on cute chicks at frat parties. Maybe he wants to further his education right now, as opposed to in ten years when he’s done with his career. Maybe he wants to challenge for a national title, and has come to believe that it would feel better to win one of those than anything that could happen in the pros. Maybe he wants to remain an adolescent for another year or so. Maybe he doesn’t love football, and won’t play in the NFL at all.

How about this: he and the people he actually cares about and respects talked it over, and they all feel good about this choice. And, maybe you calling this very smart kid an idiot not only means absolutely nothing, but also just makes you sound like a petty, stone throwing, intrinsically unhappy soul.

Get over yourselves. Question the choice at will. Frankly, I do too, and I bet I’d go pro. But, an idiot? With the kind of savage malice he received? It makes you seem really, really small.

There are so many other things to target with your anger in this world.

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  • Matt Spiegel

    Trusting his instincts, taking a well-informed risk. Sounds like good NFL QB make-up to me.How’s Sam Bradford doing?

  • randolph32

    Good one Matt…I about puked listening to Bernstein lay into this guy (Boers is Boers, he doesn’t count)…obviously most folks’ time in College wasn’t near as much fun as mine, why the hell leave early? He can buy an insurance policy to cover lost wages if he wants, that’s the money part…and the Money part is what most of the haters don’t understand…money DOES NOT buy happiness, it can only facilitate it, sometimes. Best, Hank

  • Matt

    I totally agree with ya. Yes he’s turning down millions but maybe he just wants to be a kid for one more year. It’s nice to see this happen every once n a while. Tomorrow’s cross over talk should b interesting.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    Look, I understand that it’s not our decision, and it’s hard to put a price on how much fun he’s having in college- it worked just fine for the likes of Tim Duncan.
    However, is it not the LEAST bit odd to leave that much guaranteed money on the table? He can go back and get his degree at any point in the future. Eight-digits of cash is a heck of a safety net in ANY regard.

    I can respect his decision- it is his, after all… and my opinion probably doesn’t matter very much to him at all… but I sure as heck don’t have to agree with it.

  • Tim Heinis

    Wow. I listen to Boers and Bernstein almost everyday. Yesterday wasn’t one of those days and if these types of things were truly being said about the kid, I’m glad I didn’t listen. I typically don’t agree with what Bernstein has to say anyway, but he tends to entertain me nevertheless. But I find he only seems to entertain me when so many people disagree with him. When listeners all agree, it just feeds his ego and makes for bad radio. I’m going to have to take a listen to Wednesday’s show and see what the hell has you so hyped up!!! And I’m really looking forward to transition tomorrow for sure!

    • Tim in LaPorte, IN

      I meant Thursday’s show!

  • Ed McDevitt

    Boers and Bernstein laid into him? Shocking. Couldn’t have been just to stoke their audience. Audience bit on it and followed like sheep? Shocking.

    A football player decided to keep faith with his teammates and to keep his commitments to Stanford? Wow. An exception to the standard we’ve come to expect. Think of that.

    Nice job, Matt.

  • Jon, Montgomery

    I don’t know Andrew luck personally, but if he really wanted to make a name for himself in the NFL, this was a bad decision. and spiegs, I love ya, but thats a ton of ‘maybes’. I won’t go as far as to call him an idi0t, but his decision leaves me scratching my head.

  • Bibs

    I’m not a petty, stone throwing, intrinsically unhappy soul. I just happen to know an idiot when I hear of one. Every one of your “maybes” isn’t worth ignoring that much money.

  • Tim in LaPorte, IN

    I withdraw my statement above. I totally agree that Andrew Luck’s decision is ignorant! He can always get the degree. Just take the damn money!

  • Not using my real name for fear of being assinated

    I’m now understand how the business of sports totally gets over. Seriously just the sports business in general. After reading this article and some of these comments I now get it and that’s going to take some time for me to get over . Ok I’m over it now. Damn I picked the wrong career lmao I swear. I am not speaking of having a career as an athlete but somewhere in the sports business cause I swear we will fall for anything myself included..

  • South Bend Mike

    Spiegs,I truly love listening to yours and MacNeils show. You are the moral conscience of the Score. Thank you for reminding us of the insanity that has sports has become in this country – where 12 year olds are scouted for future paydays. Wow, a person who does not put fame and cash payouts as his number one priority. What’s wrong with him? The hypocrisy of the B &B’s is very sad, they pretend to criticize the moral vacuousness of modern sports personalities but are just the same as those they criticize. Typical of our nation’s moral compass. Must be Republicans

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      B&B criticizes moral vacuousness of athletes? Did you hear their stance on Cam Newton? They were ripping people that wanted to be the morality police for Newton and that didn’t vote him #1 on their Heisman ballot in regards to potential ill-gotten gains!

      Oh, and B&B Republicans? Have you LISTENED to Bernstein? He hammers Republicans, albeit very subtly.

  • Beverly Brewmaster

    I guess my opinion falls somewhere in the middle. I completely agree with Bernstein that, from just about every angle I can imagine, leaving for the NFL makes more sense. After all, we would belittle somebody for dropping out of school just to have fun because they’re diminishing their chance of future success, right? Shouldn’t we do the same when STAYING in school diminishes their chances? On the other hand, it’s his life and I don’t know what exactly is going into his decision; it’s not my place to tell somebody they should value X more than Y.

  • Chico

    If you don’t cheer for him to have a career ending injury next year so that future stars don’t make the same idiot decision, you are an objectively evil human being

    • Chico

      Also, someone needs to tell him that life is a lot more fun with money than in college. Anyone who isn’t having a lot more fun 5, 10, etc years out of college than they did in college is an utter failure at life.

  • Robert

    He may not be an idiot but he certainly is a fool.

  • tom

    It is nice to know that CBS is allowing Bernstein to take a stance against education.

    • Jake

      tim for bed

  • Jeff

    To Matt Spiegel;

    You were already one of my favorite Chicago sports talk show (co) – hosts,
    now that I heard your “Beatles” concert tonight at Fitzgeralds, you are also
    – just as important – one of my favorite Chicago musicians, and in good fun.
    Your versions of the “Beatles” classics and the “Bear Fight Song” rocked.
    Thanks for meeting with me after the show to accept my compliments.
    Congratulations on a very good day’s work at your talk show and concert.




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