Is it just me, or is anyone else getting tired of hearing athletes (or former athletes) commenting on how they should be honored? This seems to be happening more and more these days, and it's leaving a bad taste in my mouth.
Recently, Kareem Abdul Jabbar made comments about how he should have a statue outside of the Staples Center in LA based on all he did and has done for the Laker organization. His contributions can't be disputed, but does that really give him the right to determine how he should be honored? Now Desmond Howard is suggesting (via multiple venues) that his number should be retired at UofM. There is no question that he has had a tremendous (yeah, I said it) impact on the university both on and off the field. He is a great advocate for Michigan and should be honored. I have no real concerns with how it is done, but is it really his place to discuss how he should be honored?
I liken it to helping a friend: They tell you they really appreciate your help and what you mean to them as a friend. You respond by saying, "Thank you so much...that means a lot. It would really mean a lot if you could pay me in cash or perhaps even a car."
I may be old school, but I feel like an honor is something that is bestowed upon you by an individual, organization, group, etc.based on your accomplishments and contributions to/for the respective group. You shouldn't comment on when and how it is done. The "honor" is that they want to honor you in a way they feel is appropriate, and you are grateful for that gesture.
I have a greater respect for those who accept honors with humility and appreciation...not suggest and even critique the method by which they are honored.
I am open to the group's thoughts on the subject.
[Ed. Note--I am not intending this discussion to become a debate about the greatness of specific individuals or their accomplishments. And I certainly do not want my thoughts above to be perceived as blasphemy against Desmond who is clearly a Michigan Icon]