Very few athletes will ever get the opportunity to play in the NFL.  Former Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears wide receiver Sam Hurd was one of the few elite individuals blessed with the talent to play in the NFL.

Hurd was cut by the Bears this past Wednesday and more importantly could lose his freedom.  He faces federal drug charges that could put him in jail for up to 40 years.  Hurd allegedly tried to purchase drugs from a supplier in north Texas.  He told an undercover agent that he wanted up to 10 kilograms of cocaine and a half ton of marijuana per week to distribute in Chicago.

Hurd decided to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.  He will be tried here in Texas.  Hurd recently signed a 3 year deal with the Bears worth up to $5.15 million, including a $1.35 million signing bonus.

I remember Sam Hurd as being an up and coming star who had a successful run with the Dallas Cowboys.  He played sparingly because the Cowboys always had an abundance of talented wide receivers on their roster.  Anytime he did play he made the most of his opportunity to shine.

What boggles my mind and really irritates me the most is that Hurd was given the opportunity of a lifetime to play in the NFL, and he is allegedly attempting to buy and sell drugs!  What the hell is wrong with this guy?  Don't get me wrong, I understand there is quite a bit more money in selling drugs, but when your day job is playing professional football, one would figure that Hurd was content with his current occupation.

Money is truly the root of all evil.  It motivates us to do things that aren't always morally correct in life.  My philosophy is that there is no amount of money you could possible pay me to spend anytime in prison.  As the old cliche says, you can't put a price on freedom.