It's no secret that Jimmy Rollins' sporting interests involve more than just baseball.
The Phillies shortstop is always at Sixers games, and back in December, we wrote about him taking in the Eagles' 44-6 win over the Cowboys in Week 17.
So kudos to Mike Missanelli for asking Rollins about Brian Dawkins' departure during an interview on ESPN 950 yesterday.
Rollins, like most athletes, did not seem surprised by the move, saying (where have we heard this before?) that it's a business.
"That's the business. That is the business side," Rollins said. "A great man, a great community person, everyone knows what he meant to that city and to that team, but everything comes to an end, whether it's good or bad. And he has nothing to look back and be ashamed of. I know he would have loved to have brung a championship to Philadelphia, but sometimes the great players just don't get that opportunity."
Missanelli followed up, asking Rollins if there should be exceptions to the whole "business" thing when it comes to a player like Dawkins.
"It's always a business. It started as a business, and it will end that way," he said. "The personal side to it, it's up to each individual owner or whoever makes the decisions in football, but that's the way it is. Some guy's coming up trying to take his spot, maybe a little faster, definitely not gonna have the knowledge that he has, but has to get in there somehow, and every once in awhile, that great guy is let go, and that's just part of it. We understand that from the day we sign the contract that one day it's gonna come to an end."
So there you have it.
Probably more importantly, Rollins answered questions about that Dick's Sporting Goods commercial (video below). And just so the record is clear, those are foam balls, not actual baseballs, that are nailing him in the chest.