Hey, Fans: Players Don't Care as Much as You
For most, it's just a job: Bill Plaschke
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2012 3:44 PM CST
Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots in the end zone after losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – For all the Patriots fans out there still crying in the beer and assuming their favorite players are doing the same, sportswriter Bill Plaschke has a "dirty little secret" to reveal: "The players don't care as much as you do," he writes in the Los Angeles Times. Sure there are exceptions, but for the most part, the game is just a job to them. And he's not just talking about the Patriots here.

"In my 30 years of covering professional sports, I've found barely a handful of players who care as much about winning as the most fervent of fans," he writes. That's why a video of Patriots Rob Gronkowski and Matt Light partying after the Super Bowl loss made New England fans sick, but didn't surprise Plaschke a bit: Pro athletes "like winning and dislike losing but are generally unaffected by the daily successes or failures of their company, and really, what right do we have to demand otherwise?"