Two hours later, his career may be over.

A Football Players Life

Bryan Smith reports to work - Ready to go.

This is Bryan Smith (#53) coming out for the first day of the 20010 season, mini camp.  

Bryan was drafted in the third round of the 2008 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.  He was waived just before the start of the 2009 season and claimed by St. Louis for the practice squad. 

Gene Smith claimed him on September 28, 2009. He received a 4 year contract with a signing bonus of $450,000 and was to receive league minimum $285,000 in 2009 and $370,000 in 2010.  Bryan is really happy today. He started 2 games for the Jaguars in 2009 and feels ready to go. 

Bryan Smith tore his ACL in mini camp.  He was waived a week later, waived injured. He has a long road back to football. 

Bryan Smith needed all the breaks to make it in the NFL.  This is not what he hoped for. The chances are very remote we will ever see him again. 

Bryan Smith has probably made most of the money he will ever make in his life.  The NFL is a tough and cruel business. Some make it, most are trying to, many don’t.  In the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement, I root for the players to have a good salary, a good pension, and good health care for life.  I just think they earn it. 

- Terry O’Brien

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  • Jonathan Loesche

    The new CBA is going to be interesting. With no cap, theres not going to be a floor. Though I do agree, I think the next logical step is to have some sort of guaranteed medical care for players.

    The thing I would be fighting for hardest though is concussion evaluations. It’s clear the league has been trying to sweep that under the rug for as long as possible.

    • tkopa


      Thanks for coming by and commenting! Concussions are a very scary aspect of football. Consider this about all-time Steeler center Mike Webster:

      Unfortunately, retirement did not treat Mike Webster as well as his football career. In 1999, the lineman was diagnosed with brain damage caused by repeated head injuries sustained during his time in the NFL. Multiple concussions had damaged his frontal lobe, and the effects of the injuries grew worse in recent years. The rest of his life, unfortunately, deteriorated along with his health, leaving him unemployed, debt-ridden, and occasionally homeless.

  • zoltanfrombudapest

    Very good article and comments. That is a bad side of the NFL. The players who didn’t make it and/or having really seriousűinjuries. I feel really sorry for them!

    I agree with Jon; the next CBA must take care for these players somehow!