Among our favorite kinds of football players, right up there with the ones who overcome long odds or do inspirational things, we have a soft spot for those with a little self-awareness.
So it was a great relief to hear one of them admit that yes, in fact, it was about the money.
According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, Panthers wideout Ted Ginn admitting that leaving for Arizona last year was about nothing more than “going out and chasing a check.”
Ginn appeared to have hit free agency at the right time, after catching five touchdown passes (one short of what he had done the six previous years) for the Panthers in 2013 while working on a one-year deal. So when the Cardinals gave him a three-year, $9.75 million contract, he had to go.
“You only have a short window in this league, so you just gotta go and do what’s good for your family,” Ginn said. “At the end of the day, I don’t think going out there was best for my family. I think being here was the best thing for me. It’s only a short window to go out and get what you can get, so I just praise God that they had their hands open for me to be able to return. Now that I’m here I have to put all that I can do in, and show what I have on and off the field to be a Panther.”
When the Cardinals got tired of him after a year (he caught 14 balls and made minimal impact, other than a playoff fumble), the Panthers were happy to bring him back. For whatever reason, he looks like an NFL wide receiver when he’s with them, as he’s made numerous deep play connections with Cam Newton already in camp.
So while he doesn’t regret trying to capitalize on his good season, he’s also aware that the Panthers seem to work for him.
“No, not at all,” he said. “Like I said, you gotta do what you do for your family. The best thing about the whole situation is coming back somewhere where somebody likes you.”
And with the way Ginn’s career has gone, finding that place has been tough, so he’s hanging on now.