How much are you worth? If I were to ask you how much you deserve to be paid, is there any number that comes to mind? What about 70 million dollars over 5 years? Would that be enough?
Hell No. Well at least that's what Pittsburgh Steelers' running back Le'Veon Bell said. Knowing your worth is one of the most important things that one can even know, yet it's one of the hardest things to figure out. Bell essentially told the Steelers, "price just went up!" and has decided he's not going to play football until he's properly compensated for his services.
Although Bell missed every practice and off season workout, many believed that he would sign a franchise agreement (one year deal worth around 14 million dollars) and return just in time for the regular season.
Bell did not play in the season-opener for Pittsburgh and it doesn't look like he'll be playing anytime soon. For every game Bell sits out, he misses out on $855,529.
Deadspin - All the NFL scoop hounds and Bell’s teammates believed that he would report to the team in time to play in Week 1, and yet now it is looking increasingly likely that the Steelers will be without Bell for a good chunk of the season.
This has caused a lot of problems within the Pittsburgh locker-room, and a few players have commented on the situation believing that Le'Veon is being selfish and hurting the team.
WHAT AM I WORTH?
You know me, I feel like I'm worth millions of dollars, maybe not today, but I will be one day. However, I'm just simply not in a position at the moment where I could not show up to work and demand these millions from my employer.
If I were to start a new job and the company asked me, "How much should we pay you?", I honestly don't know how I would answer the question. Well, Le'Veon knows how to answer, and if you can't pay the price, he's not coming to work.
I don't know how much I'm worth yet, but I'm currently in the process of finding out. I think that the only one who can pay me enough is me. That's why I honestly don't find much pleasure in working for other people.
SELFISH OR SELFLESS?
Looking out for yourself is a lot harder than one might perceive it to be. People are constantly pressured into believing that they have to do what everyone else wants them to do. In this case, almost everybody just wants Bell to show up at the Steelers facility, sign the deal and join the team. Even I felt this way at first.
The more I've began think about the situation, the more I've began to agree with Le'Veon Bell. Once you KNOW your worth, go get it, by any means, don't just allow others to determine your value.
Here's how I look at it. What Bell is doing is actually selfless, because he's putting every single player in the league ahead of himself by sitting out. Bell is trying to set a new market for running backs in the NFL, and for that he's willing to sacrifice a big chunk of cash and playing his favorite sport in a city that he loves.
His teammates need to appreciate what he's doing. Just as we need to appreciate our friends that believe they are worth more than what they're being offered. When it comes down to it, we're all worth so much more than what is offered to us.