I can understand it for the college/pro athletes.
There's a huge plus there. There's a huge risk as well but you're burning the candle at both ends banking on that short bright flash.
Why the **** any everyday Joe would do it is beyond me...
"He had no teeth, and he was slobbering all over himself. I'm thinking, 'You can have your money back, just get me out of here. Let me go be an accountant." I can't tell you how badly I wanted out of there."
Denver rookie QB John Elway, on Jack Lambert, after Lambert and the Steelers knocked Elway out of his first game as a pro (1983).