When high school athletes commit to colleges, they can generally find a way to get out, if they want, of those commitments. It leaves a little leeway for stuff like coaching changes, etc. Of course, when you ink with Uncle Sam and one of his branches of the armed forces, yeah … not so much.
Ross Weaver, an offensive lineman with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts and an active member of the United States Air Force, is finding that out the hard way. The TORONTO STAR sounds off the news that Weaver, despite a previous agreement with the Air Force, is being called out of football and back into the military.
And surprisingly — or maybe not, I guess, what choice does he have? — he’s taking it fairly well.
“They made the decision Friday and word got to me this last weekend,” Weaver said of his orders, which originated in the Pentagon. “I have a commitment I have to fulfill. It’s what I have to do.”[…]”The air force approved leave for me. They granted me leave to do this and allowed me to go do it but they’ve deemed at this time that my skills, my expertise and my training dealing with my particular job is at a very high need,” explained Weaver. “It’s unfortunate but it is what I signed up to do.”
See, the Air Force originally told Weaver that he could space out three years worth of service (in active duty that is) over six years, allowing him to play football.
But it appears that the whole Caleb Campbell fiasco is causing the leaders of our country to rethink whether young men should be allowed to get paid to play football professionally while their friends and classmates are sent off to war.
And without even getting into the politics of The War, it’s a really tough debate — the US did agree to this deal, so backing out of it is kind of shoddy. Then again, Weaver volunteered to serve our country’s military.
I love America, but I’d never voluntarily take up service, especially during war-time (besides, you don’t want me; we’re not going to beat anyone with laptops and snarky jokes). Weaver, on the other hand, did volunteer to serve, knowing that he could end up overseas. So, yeah, I kind of tend to think that commitment trumps everything else. But that’s just me. And the government, which matters a little I guess.