Come on, man! Lessons from the National Football League – OpEd – Eurasia Review

As the season draws to a close, NFL stadiums are once again crowded. While enjoying the action, fans might find a stark contrast to the games that take place in politics.

Unlike politicians, NFL players simply cannot promise to perform. Before playing a game or even taking part in the draft, players must to prove their worth to a scout combine. Think Las Vegas Raiders lineman Kolton Miller.

The UCLA alum is 6 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs over 300 pounds, but Miller ran 40 yards in 4.95 seconds, demonstrated a vertical jump of 31.5 inches, a record 10 wide jump. feet, 1 inch. , and the bench pressed 225 lbs 24 times. An athlete of this caliber could be good at weightlifting, shot put, discus or wrestling, but he chose football.

Tyreek Hill of West Alabama ran the 40 in 4.29 seconds and showed a 40.5-inch vertical jump. Hill could have excelled in athletics and other sports, but he chose to play football. The Kansas City Chiefs and their fans were happy with the decision. Teams choose the player they want based on their performance, not their pedigree.

Christian Okoye, from Enugu, Nigeria, came to Azusa Pacific University on an athletics scholarship and didn’t start playing football until Nigeria left him from their 1984 Olympic team. NFL scouts learned, the 260 pound ran the 40 in 4.45 seconds. Okoye became a top runner with the Chiefs and now sits on their honor ring.

Nobody plays in the NFL because mom or dad owns the team or serves as a league executive. Nobody plays because of famous parents, sports figures or whatever. Nobody plays because of race or national origin. No one checks whether a team matches the ethnic proportions of society. Everything is a matter of merit, and everything is voluntary.

Minnesota Vikings Receiver Adam thielen was not even drafted. He is in good company with Antonio Gates, Drew Pearson, Donnie Shell and many more. Once in the league, NFL players strive to improve.

For example, the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry fitzgerald would practice catching soccer balls while hanging upside down which made catching balls much easier in a game. It’s hard to think of a politician who works hard to make things better for people by reducing their fiscal and regulatory burdens and preserving their constitutional rights. More often than not, politicians from both major parties do the opposite.

Politicians prefer backroom deals, but NFL players need to perform in public, under scrutiny. The national media examines all aspects of player performance: tackles, sacks, “presses”, yards gained, passes completed, failures, fumbles, interceptions, and more. Some of the worst performances pillared in a pre-game “come on man” segment could easily be applied to politicians and bureaucrats.

For example, White House adviser Dr Anthony Fauci lied about funding dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. Fauci has also turned his back on many aspects of the pandemic but now claims, “I represent science.“As NFL veterans Steve Young and Randy Moss might say, ‘Come on, man!’

Some politicians prefer to throw flags at the “awakened” activism of the NFL. All right, but if they watch the game they might just learn something about responsibility. NFL players and coaches often break the rules, but play does not continue until the penalty is scored.

This article was also published in American thinker

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