NFL PLAYERS, IT'S TIME TO GET WITH THE PROGRAM!
Written by: Craig Shelton
Date Posted: 10/21/2010
Folks, I'm completely amazed that so many current and former athletes, as well as some media and fans alike, are acting as if NFL football is dead or dying a slow death somehow? No one should be amazed that guys, i.e. NFL players that can't even manage they're own money and personal lives maturely (daaa...see Brett Favre's unit on utube) are being policed by the NFL front office reportedly for the sake of player saftey.
C'mon people surely we all get this, right? Listen, if cops & fireman (who real are the real "life or death" players in society by the way) have saftey articles in place for their own protection, who the hell is the professional football community, not to protect their players?
Football is a GAME and regardless of any inherent or obvious risk, there should NEVER be a close-minded acceptance for the potential of serious injury or death. Yes, you keep "playing the game" but you also keep working to improve it in EVERY fashion. Like it or not angry NFL fan guy, that includes SAFTEY as well!
HERE'S THE THING!
The thing is folks, you don't just ignore safety, just because the sport has some on-the-field inherent dangers. Folks die on freeways everyday, right, but we don't stop using freeways, do we? No, we pay our insurance; we wear seat belts & amend speed limit laws, but we still "play the game"! We play the game with stop lights and stop signs, but we still "play the game"!
When you arrived at work this morning, no one called you a "wuss" simply because you obeyed traffic laws while driving in to work, did they? Of course not, they called you a wuss because you're still wearing that dumb pink headband you picked up at last weeks tailgate party.
BACK IN THE DAY!
We're an intelligent, intellectual society, not barbarians watching Roman gladiators slay each other with steel.
There was a time in professional football when the players had shabby helmets without the protective aid of a facemask. Somehow, NFL brass saw fit to legislate the face mask into the game; wow, how about that?! Amazingly folks, the NFL wasn't done there, because they even had the nerve to legislate offensive linemen holding up defensive lineman to allow a teammate to come along and chop block their knees OUT OF THE GAME! Awesome huh? It's a little thing called evolution folks. This evolution thing is cool because it occurs in every facet of life, so get with the program!
Some may be shocked to know that in a period of American history in the 1800's, it was legal for men to beat their wives. There was even a legal determination of acceptable length of the rod used by men to beat their wives with. That was smart, right? I don't think so! Oh yeah, remember that slavery thing, that turned out not to be such a good idea either, right?
Simply stated folks, we've made a ton of ignorant, inhumane, degrading and DANGEROUS rules, laws, etc. in this country's history. We've also overturned tons of ridiculous laws/rules in this country's history as well and things will continue to evolve "as the world turns".
SAVE THE MUMBO-JUMBO FOR DUMBO!
Get the hell out of here with some of the takes guys have tried to run at me since this topic caught fire. Drop dead already with the "we played football in my day, you guys are girls nowadays". Yeah, you old farts, we also damn near killed every damned buffalo when the railroad was established and travelers shot grazing buffalo by the thousands just to pass the time away as they traveled via train across the American plains. Laws are established to govern the country; to govern private industry; and the NFL has an obligation to make money and protect its investments as any other solvent business organization.
|MY BROTHER "RED RAIDER" KEVIN|
MY NEPHEW KEVIN JR.
WAS IT WRONG ALL ALONG?
I played football all the way up to the high school level. I played on both sides of the ball. My brother "Red Raider" Kevin played CB at Texas Tech in the late 80's and has a son Kevin Jr., that's continuing our family's football pedigree. When I look back at my brother's and my introduction into organized football, I keep coming back to the same realization. WE WERE TAUGHT TO PLAY THE GAME THE WRONG WAY FROM THE VERY BEGINNING!
Signed: "What the hell are you doing kid?! Put your head in his damned chest and drive his ass into the planet damnit or GIVE ME 5 LAPS!"
|#5 MY NEPHEW KEVIN JR.|
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