Remember when wide receivers used to be tough guys? They bitched, they moaned, they threatened to hold out. They made life miserable for everyone around them. They were complete and total jerks, but they had a hardness to them that had to be respected.
Now these guys are soft. Wusses. Embarrassing.
First you had Chad Johnson vowing never to play again for the Bengals, but he showed up for team activities earlier this summer and he is expected on the field for training camp as soon as his ankle heals.
Now we've got Chicago's Devin Hester getting headlines on Thursday for holding out in a huff over his relatively meager salary, and then reporting to camp one day later.
If Hester signed a contract -- if his muscle tactics worked on the Bears -- I take it back, and I devote this entire post to The Gelding Formerly Known As Chad Johnson.
But if Hester is back without a contract -- which means he caved even more quickly than Chad Johnson -- I hereby declare this a trend, and I hereby classify the NFL receiver as an invertebrate.