Colin Cowherd: ‘If You Want to Be Empowered, Don’t Pick Football’

By Michael Morris | March 6, 2019 | 3:31pm EST
Colin Cowherd, host of "The Herd with Colin Cowherd," discussing Steelers WR Antonio Brown and comparing the NFL to the MLB and NBA, (left) and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown in an interview with ESPN (right). (Screenshots)

On his Fox Sports show “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” yesterday, host Colin Cowherd advised young kids against deciding to play football, saying, “If you want to be empowered, don’t pick football.”

“This lead topic today, this is for all you nine-, 10-year-old kids, 11-year-old kids, 12-year-old kids, 13-year-old kids who are really, really talented, and you can pick a sport,” stated Colin Cowherd. “If you want to be empowered, don’t pick football.”

Colin Cowherd’s remarks came in the wake of a record-setting MLB deal between the Philadelphia Phillies and former Washington National’s star Bryce Harper. According to, Harper and the Phillies “agreed to a 13-year, $330 million contract. The Phils announced the deal early Saturday morning. It's the most lucrative guaranteed contract signed in North American sports history.” Cowherd’s comments also stem from trade rumors surrounding the Antonio Brown-Pittsburgh Steelers fallout. The much-heralded Steelers wide receiver recently said in an interview with ESPN, “I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want,” and later saying, “If they wanna play, they going to play by my rules. If not, I don’t need to play.”

Below is a transcript of Colin Cowherd’s remarks:

“This lead topic today, this is for all you nine-, 10-year-old kids, 11-year-old kids, 12-year-old kids, 13-year-old kids who are really, really talented, and you can pick a sport. If you want to be empowered, don’t pick football.

“In baseball, you will make the most guaranteed money if you’re great. I mean, they have a 13-year contract. In basketball, you will be promoted and marketed. You could even make money on your shoes.

“In football, you’re going to be really replaceable. No, I said it. You’re not going to make as much money. You wear a helmet, so you won’t get endorsements. Your ego, nobody’s really interested. You’re not going to have a lot of leeway, and you’re going to have very little power and leverage.

“So, for all you nine, 10, 11, 12-year-old little kids, who are choosing sports, just know, baseball’s the money, basketball’s the stardom, football – fall in line.

“And what’s happening now is players that are as gifted as Antonio Brown are watching Bryce Harper sign a 13-year contract. ‘I want some of that.’ And they’re watching NBA stars, LeBron, Durant – people fawn over them. ‘I want some of that.’ And that does not exist in the NFL.

“The business model of the NFL does not give you a 13-year deal, does not give you a 10-year deal, does not give you a seven-year deal. Nor are they going to market you over team.

“So, when you’re eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, you’re a great high school athlete, colleges are looking at you, and you got options, you’ll make your money in baseball; you’ll become a star in basketball; but in football – get in line.”

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