With 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree being falsely accused of sexual assault, it should come as a warning to the rest of his teammates to be wary. More often than not, these high-profiled athletes on the field, turn to vulnerable targets off the field. The predator becomes the prey. Knowing this, the NFL installed a program in 1997, known as the rookie symposium.
The rookie symposium is a workshop aimed at preparing these high-profile celebrities for the real world. From social responsibility to educational life skills, this program is specifically tailored to the needs of the athletes, on how to conduct themselves. Unfortunately for Crabtree, he was unable to dodge the false allegations, and as a result, his reputation was temporarily compromised.
As the truth unfolds, Crabtree can now turn his focus on the Super Bowl. However, despite being falsely accused, this should act as a wake up call for the rest of his teammates, especially as they head to New Orleans.
New Orleans most commonly known as, “The Big Easy”, or “NOLA”, is your typical party town. The birthplace of Jazz and Mardi Gras festivities, it provides all the perks the night life has to offer. A true tourist attraction, in it’s purest form.
So what do the 49ers need to do to stay out of trouble? By keeping their eye on the prize.
The 49ers need to remember, all the hard work during the off-season, regular season, and playoffs is what made this trip possible. The blood, sweat, and tears throughout the year is what made this Super Bowl run a reality, and to lose focus now would be devastating. They will need veteran leadership from Randy Moss, Jonathan Goodwin, and David Akers to step-up and be the role-models of the do’s and dont’s during the next couple of weeks, as they have all been here before.
I’m a firm believer in enjoying the journey but also realizing the importance of what’s at stake. And you can bet your house that Randy Moss feels the same way. The Future Hall of Famer and arguably the best deep-threat to ever play the game, will have his eyes, heart, and soul set on the Lombardi trophy. It is the main reason why he came out of retirement in the first place. He has the records, accolades, and fame; all that’s left is that Super Bowl ring.
With plenty of down time leading up to the Super Bowl, it will be fun to see how both teams handle the clubs, night life, and temptations.