I Woke Up Like This

Imagine it. You’ve been going to your job every day for seven years. You’ve relocated from beautiful Cinncinnati, Ohio, a city that takes pride in the wrong kind of Skyline,


for Atlanta, Georgia a city that takes pride in too many kinds of Coke.


Over time, as it does for most of us, work gets boring. You wake up everyday knowing you’re going to deal with the same crap you did the day before, and they day before that.

You arrive to work, sit down at your desk, open LinkedIn and notice you have a message in your inbox.

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You do some research and realize it’s the same work you’ve already been doing, but the company has an unbelievable track record.

So you take the call.

While most of us go through rounds of interviews before getting a dotted line to sign on, Mohamed Sanu, on the other hand, got to wake up and realize his shit* day to day no longer existed.

He’s leaving the 1-6 Atlanta Falcons for the 7-0 team New England Patriots that, arguabley, are the reason the Falcons have been so abysmal since that 2017 Super Bowl loss.

Later in the day, Denver Broncos wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders received similar news being traded from the 1-6 Broncos to the 7-0 San Francisco 49ers.

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I don’t think there’s anything better for an athlete than being traded from a horrible team to a great team.

Like, yes, it must possess some level of stress regardless. Figuring out the logistics of lodging, family travel, house selling, etc. must be annoying. Getting that call from your agent saying “you’ve been traded,” must make your heart stop no matter what. You take a beat and muster up the courage to ask “where?” and you get to hear “the New England Patriots” come from the other end.

Your life gets exponentially better in an instant.

Outside of the logistical stuff, just going from a place like Atlanta to a place like New England, you must actually get out of bed with a sense of purpose now, which must be amazing. Or at least I assume it is. I can only imagine what it’s like believing you can make a difference at your job.


You hear constant stories from athletes after the fact that talk about what life was like on a losing team. Everyone just goes through the motions, trying to make it through the season. At best, some pretend there’s a chance, in hopes of inspiring others, but it falls on deaf ears.

We all go through that in our lives, so it may not sound that bad. But the whole reason these guys play football is to avoid a 9 to 5 life in the first place. It must be hell.

Then, all of the sudden, all of that gets to change. God that must be amazing.

That would never happen to any of us, having a dream job just say, “Stop what you’re doing right now and do it for us.”

Or at least can happen to one of us…

Barstool, hit me up. It’s been over 2 years for god sakes.

*Sorry for using the “S-word,” Nanny.

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