Originally Posted by top6
I actually think he's pretty much the epitome of the brash, cocky, self-centered athlete. I can't think of many athletes who have sought and received as much media attention as he has--certainly not many backup quarterbacks.
One of the first things he did when he became famous was to do a Super Bowl ad for an organization and a cause that many people disagree with. Gee, I wonder why so many people dislike him? (And the same would be true if he had done an ad for someone on the other side of the debate.)
That said, if you could avoid all the media attention, he probably wouldn't be a terrible backup QB, or third-string/change of pace guy who plays special teams. But I think the media attention might not be worth it to all but a few teams.
I disagree he has sought out the media attention. He represented something that he cares about deeply. That's a character flaw now? If I had a deep conviction and had an opportunity to share it with a billion people, I grab that opportunity.
Feel free to not like him as a football player, that's fine (Insure as hell wouldn't want him on the Bengals) but from my vantage point, he's a great character guy who's getting unfairly criticized outside of football.