Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young became a proud father this offseason with the birth of his son, Titus Demetrius Young Jr, and the wanted to do something to honor his son.
So in a very Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson-esque move, he had the letters “SR” added to the back of his jersey, as an abbreviation for “Senior”.
The added responsibility of fatherhood did not come with more maturity for Young, he was also flagged for a very costly unnecessary roughness penalty in a crucial situation of a close game, which was inexcusable. Young has had several prior issues like this and is quickly getting the reputation of being a “Diva Wide Receiver”.
The fact that he added a “Senior” to the back of his jersey is absolutely absurd, when a father names his son in his likeness, you call the son “Junior” and not the father “Senior”.
When Cuba Gooding Jr was born did his father say, “Can you all call me Cuba Gooding Sr now?” No, he just kept on being the awesome lead singer of “The Main Ingredient”.
The only way that adding a “SR” to the back of your jersey is acceptable would be for differentiation purposes, like when Ken Griffey Sr was on the same team as Ken Griffey Jr with the Seattle Mariners.
In an age where “Diva Wide Receivers” such as Terrell Owens and Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson are out of work and professionals like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald are putting the team first and succeeding.
The Diva Wide Receiver is a dying breed and coaches no longer tolerate that kind of costly behavior. Titus Young Sr. needs to look at the example that his All-Pro teammate Johnson is setting and wake up, or he will be trying to get on VH1 reality shows like Owens and Ochocinco instead if playing in the NFL.