The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Who Really Profits in Football

Oct 2, 2023

Aaron Rodgers, a star quarterback for the New York Jets, got a guaranteed 75 million dollars for playing in 2023 and 2024. He was a great quarterback for the Green Bay Packers previously. Rodgers, however, is 39 years old, which is old for a football player. After only four plays, he had a serious injury to his Achilles tendon.

Lots of workers might be willing to trade an Achilles tendon surgery for 75 million dollars. But the reality is that not all football players are Aaron Rodgers. Most will only play for a season or two and not make that much money. Also, a torn Achilles tendon will take a year to heal. Football players risk destroying their bodies and their brains. Many get CTE—that is serious damage to their brains.

Football players are like gladiators, often getting seriously injured during their playing careers. These players sacrifice their bodies for money. The players are exploited by the team owners’ search for profit, as are all U.S. working people.