You put your name into the famous search engine so you can see what comes up. Most of us probably aren't famous, so the majority of the results are our social media sites. For athletes, it's a different story.
The other day I came across a picture on Bleacher Report's Facebook page that made me laugh, so I decided to do a little google searching of my own.
Here's the game:
Take an athlete, I've used NFL players as mine, and Google their name followed by an "is". Some may be positive, as you will see if you continue to read, others not so much. I have used the following players:
Are you ready? Let's get started!
1. Ben Roethlisberger:
Roethlisberger has helped lead his team to a Super Bowl three times in his nine year career -- two of which ended with victories. His reputation has been tarnished within those years with two sexual assault allegations and a reputation of being arrogant and unfriendly. Even though he has made noticeable changes to his actions, got hitched, and had a healthy baby boy, some people still hold onto the past. What he does on the field is remarkable at times, but what he did off the field has continued to stick with him.
2. Manti Te'o:
After word got out that Te'o was "catfished" rumors began to surface that he was homosexual. His Google search is no surprise to me after Katie Couric outright asked him in an interview after the catfishing incident. His response: "No, far from it. Far from it." Does his sexual orientation have anything to do with how he performs on the field? Probably not. He did, however, have a poor performance at this years combine that even had John Harbaugh shaking his head, but that has nothing to do with his sexual orientation.
3. Adrian Peterson:
Does his Google search results come as a shock to anyone? This year's league MVP had a stellar season after a knee injury should have sidelined him for the beginning of the season. Some players are given the respect they deserve and aren't ridiculed by jealous opposing fans. I think we can all agree on one thing, vikings fan or not, Adrian Peterson is a beast.
4. Rob Gronkowski:
We've all seen the "Summer of Gronk", his partying ways in Las Vegas, and his "Gronk Spike". To most people, Gronkowski comes off as a tool and is being labeled as the "biggest douchebag in the NFL". Say what you want about Gronk, he is a beast on the playing field and a future Hall of Fame tight end. Need we remember that he's only 23 years old? What 23 year old wouldn't want to have the funds to party with his buds in Vegas? He does, however, need to realize that he is going to be held to a higher standard as an NFL player and his life is going to be judged through a microscope.
5. Denard Robinson:
Robinson came to the University of Michigan as a quarterback but was asked to perform at the combine as a wide receiver -- something most Wolverine fans had hoped for throughout his career wearing Maize and Blue. I wouldn't go as far as saying he is terrible, he may not be a signal caller, but he will do great at a position involving his other athletic abilities. He won't be a first round pick, but I'm sure we will see him go in the third or fourth round of this year's NFL draft.
6. Mark Sanchez:
Another shocker, right? Nope. Everyone has seen the trouble unfold for the New York Jets and most of the trouble stems from behind center. While Sanchez helped lead the Jets to a couple playoffs wins during his career, his performance on the field this season was less than mediocre. Some are even saying the Jets should part ways will Sanchez in the offseason-- no matter the dollar amount. The Jets seem to be a a circus, one that needs to be reeled in.
Google calls this function Autocomplete, but where do these suggestions come from?
According to Google, the search quires that you see as part of the autocomplete function is the reflection of the search activity of all the users. If this is true, then the suggestions given are those that are searched most often.
Does Google monitor the autocomplete results? Here's what they had to say:
Autocomplete predictions are algorithmically determined based on a number of factors (including popularity of search terms) without any human intervention. Just like the web, the search queries presented may include silly or strange or surprising terms and phrases. While we always strive to reflect the diversity of content on the web (some good, some objectionable), we also apply a narrow set of removal policies for pornography, violence, hate speech, and terms that are frequently used to find content that infringes copyrights.Will athletes with negative autocomplete results be able to change the content? Probably not. You can't control the things people will search on the internet. While some of the results may be hurtful, none of which could be considered hate speech. What athletes can do is make sure their actions off the field reflect the person they want to be.
Interested in what Bleacher report came up with? Check it out below!