Let your haters be your motivators

Nothing can propel us to success like haters. Haters is an African-American colloquialism for jealous or doubting people coined by a former Atlanta radio personality. I used this motivation going back to the good ol’ days at FSU, where despite being named to All-American teams every year, I went undrafted. Haters fueled my 10-year career.

Even post-football, I have utilized haters to fuel my work in the media. Here’s a little trade secret the TV execs don’t like to share: Getting an opportunity to be on the national stage generally requires winning Super Bowls. The guys who win championships get the first crack at the top jobs. Some would say that’s not fair, but it doesn’t bother me a bit because no matter what you do in life, the cream will rise to the top.

Here’s a list of folks that should be motivated by my haterade this season:

  • Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons have never had back-to-back winning seasons. (My personal desire for the Birds to succeed notwithstanding.) I don’t think the players fully understand how they are now the hunted.
The Falcons will look to QB Matt Ryan to help guide them to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. ( Jeff Gross /Getty Images)

The Falcons will look to QB Matt Ryan to help guide them to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in franchise history. ( Jeff Gross /Getty Images)

  • Cleveland Browns: The Lerner family has given the keys to the Bentley to the Mangenius. The only move I agree with thus far is making peace with Shaun Rogers. Virtually every other decision, including getting rid of K-2 (Kellen Winslow), I question.
  • Denver Broncos: I have stated that I have no idea what they are doing in Denver, and they can use me and MOST other analysts as motivation.
  • Dallas Cowboys: According to Jerry Jones, getting rid of the T.O. flu will cure the ills:

    >> Tony Romo‘s choking in December and January.
    >> Roy Williams‘ inconsistency and laziness.
    >> Jason Garrett‘s predictability.
    >> Stephen Jones‘ confidence and industry credibility (FYI, it’s been reported by several credible sources I trust that it was Stephen’s idea to get rid of Owens).

  • Kansas City Chiefs: I’m not sold on the idea that Matt Cassel is a franchise QB. Ironically, the Chiefs are not sold either because they have not signed him to a long-term contract. I also question the genius of Scott Pioli as a GM. I think he can evaluate talent, but to select Tyson Jackson eight slots before he should have been drafted is problematic. Let me connect the dots: Cassel is on a $14.65 million audition. Jackson will cost another $16 million-plus in guaranteed money over what he would have received if Pioli would have traded back or passed, for that matter.

What team or player is your haterade fueling and why?

Catch me on Twitter @jamiedukes

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