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Taylor- Not Merriman- Is Sending The Wrong Message

I’ve heard a lot of things recently about the NFL defensive MVP.

What kind of message are you sending to kids by giving a steroid user the MVP?

Ahh yes.. but you aren’t sending the wrong message when a guy like Shawne Merriman wins the award. You might even be sending the right one.Maybe some people (and based on the general response to this whole situation, very few people) know that right after Merriman received his suspension, he flew to New Orleans to help the victims of Katrina.

He doesn’t publicize it because he isn’t self serving (like a certain Jason Taylor) and simply doesn’t feel the need. In contrast almost each and every person out there feels the need to publicize the fact that he may or may not have willingly used a steroid.

The fact is he served his suspension and that in itself should’ve taken him out of the candidacy in terms of effectiveness on the field. But rather than just lay down the rest of the year, Merriman leads the NFL in sacks despite the suspension, and is definitely a force to be reckoned with in the NFL.

So what’s the message here?

Everyone makes mistakes. But if you do something bad, do your time. Don’t just do your time, do something great with your time. Do something great and don’t ask to be honored for it, and when you come back, keep on doing what you were doing and be damn good at it.

I think the statement Taylor makes is hilarious because if not Merriman then I say definitely not Taylor. You can’t win a defensive MVP award on a losing team. It just doesn’t make any sense.

You aren’t of any real value unless you actually help your team win games. It may not be completely your fault but it definitely isn’t your accomplishment.

And if you disagree with what I said above, then the only thing left is stats, where, I must add, Merriman must be considered. Note that I did not say he should win, but he must be considered.

I, for one, would love to see Taylor win the award and have to explain that he:

  1. Made one of the most self-serving comments I’ve ever heard from a sports player.
  2. Felt the need to put another player down in order to win it.
  3. Got it after a losing season.
  4. Must use his stats to justify his winning of the award.

What kind of message does that send?

You can be selfish. You can put other people down. You don’t have to win as long as you win the award and the stats.

Great going there Taylor.
Superb.

7 replies on “Taylor- Not Merriman- Is Sending The Wrong Message”

Exactly what I was thinking… I, for one, would love to see Taylor win the award and have to explain that he:

Made one of the most self-serving comments I’ve ever heard from a sports player.

Felt the need to put another player down in order to win it.

Got it after a losing season.

Must use his stats to justify his winning of the award.

That is exactly what I have said every day this week on the local morning show.

He said the right thing I agree with what Jason Taylor said. Someone who is caught taking performance enhancing drugs, should not win any awards in the same season. It is disappointing that it was Jason Taylor who had to say it. Since he is also in the running as defensive player of the year. He should have kept his mouth shut, and hoped someone else would bring it up.

I agree with you wholeheartedly That it shouldn’t have been Jason Taylor who said it.

But then answer me all of this:

Should the sacks Merriman recorded be erased from the record books?
Should he not receive the sack leader title at the end of the season?
When it’s all said and done and his career is over would you still deny him an all-time-sack title?

Should the wins the Chargers recorded due to his sacks and FF be erased?
Can Merriman win Defensive MVP next year?
Can Merriman ever win it?

I hope.. ..that those who voted against my article did so because they do not think it is presented well and not because they disagree with my stand on this controversial topic.

Good questions  
  Do you agree that somebody should have said it? just not Jason Taylor

  None of his sacks should be taken away, he can have the title of this season’s sack leader, and I would not deny him all-time sack leader if he reaches that point. Who knows how many of those he made while taking performing enhancing drugs. You cannot prove that one way or another.

  As far as winning awards next year, he should be able to. As far as I know, you have to continue to take steriods for their effect to remain. Merriman is a great guy and I would love to have him on my team, but he made a mistake and should not be able to win awards this year.

Better Question :] As much as I love Merriman, I will have to be honest.

I agree that somebody should’ve said it and just not Jason Taylor.  I do think that based on his selection to the Pro-Bowl, however, that either the NFL doesn’t care.

The players don’t care, the media doesn’t care, and perhaps (perhaps!) the fans don’t care.  (Only because basically all fan voting is nulled by media and players if the two agree.)

I know as much as anyone else that Merriman won’t win, but I do protest Taylor winning because of his comments.

Before the comments?  Sure.  Give it to him.  But I’d rather see someone else get it now – someone who can be a better role model.

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