Leaving my true feelings about Joe Flacco (of the Baltimore Ravens) as a “elite” quarterback out of this, I must say…I am not at all thrilled about the fact that he is promoting McDonald and their new Mighty Wings. If you have not seen the commercial yet, here it is:
Why do not like that Joe Flacco is promoting one of the first things that people think of when they think about the obesity problem in America? I’ll tell you:
- The NFL has been heavily promoting their Play 60 campaign which, as they say, is “The NFL movement for an active generation” that urges a commitment to health and fitness for children. The whole point of the NFL Play 60 campaign is to get kids up and moving for 60 minutes a day and to teach them to eat right. Joe Flacco (and Colin Kaepernick for that matter since he is in the commercial, as well) promoting McDonald’s newest unhealthy fried food is a sort of contradiction to the Play 60 campaign that the organization that pays them promotes. As a mother, I frown on this.
- No, having McDonald’s now and then, every once in a while, as a treat or in a time crunch, isn’t going to make anyone overweight or obese, but there are way too many people that rely on fast food like McDonald’s as a regular basis meal. Some people even dine at the golden arches a couple (or more) times as week which is not good for the health.
- Joe Flacco is already one of the highest paid Quarterbacks in the NFL with a $122 million contract. With that kind of payday, it’s not like he needs the money from the McDonalds’s Mighty Wings promotion to be able to support his family.
Someone challenged my last point about Joe Flacco already making enough money in his NFL contract and not needing the extra cash from the McDonald’s Mighty Wings commercial by pointing out that 2 out of 5 NFL players end up filing for bankruptcy in retirement. My response to that – that’s their own darn fault. There are millions of people out there that have made less than a million dollars in their entire lifetime that have never had to, and never will have to, file for bankruptcy. It’s all about managing your money responsibly and living within your means. Period. If you can’t afford it, then don’t do/get it.
These are just a few thoughts I threw together quickly. I will likely come back and add more or refine my thoughts later. But this is something that I feel strongly about. I love my Baltimore Ravens, but I am not a fan of their oh so wonderful and elite quarterback that so many children idolize promoting such an unhealthy food. That is just me of course. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
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