Alex Burrows’ Goodbye Letter Shows The Impact Trades Have on Players

Sometimes we forget that being a professional athlete is a job. It’s a job performed by human beings. So when a trade occurs, it’s easy to lose sight that a person just switched companies–moving from a place, a group of people, a city–and their life has been turned upside down.

These players aren’t just switching jerseys, they are saying goodbye to much more. Change is hard, especially when it isn’t planned.

I’ve said before that I really enjoy the perspective the Players Tribune offers to the sports world. Once again, it has delivered. This time in the form of Alex Burrows’ heartfelt goodbye to Vancouver.

In Burrows’ story, the player becomes the person, and you get to experience Burrows’ journey. You see the relationships he built and the impact they had on him. Most importantly, you understand that this isn’t just “business,” it’s personal. Players feel trades at an emotional, mental, and spiritual level.

Here’s the article:¬†

Take a read. Let me know what you think.

This post was originally published on James Alexander Michie’s personal website.

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