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It's not all about the money

Sure, Alex Rodriguez makes a lot of money. But guest columnist Jason Brannon thinks he deserves some praise, too.

Originally Published: August 26, 2002
By Jason Brannon | Special to ESPN.com

Editor's note: Jason Brannon is a guest columnist who is filling in for Rob Neyer, who is on vacation.

My mom doesn't know who Alex Rodriguez is.

I just called her and asked if she could identify a bunch of pro athletes. Mom's not much of a sports fan, but she at least recognized the names of Tiger Woods, Shaquille O'Neal, Brett Favre and Vijay Singh (Vijay Singh?).

It gets better. Derek Jeter? Drew Bledsoe? Lance Armstrong?

Check.

Jeff Gordon? Davis Love III? Yevgeny ...

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