I was beyond blessed to have played the game of football at every level beginning from age 10. I’ve gained an abundance amount of knowledge, not only from the actual game of football,… I captured a books-worth of life lessons as well!
I’ve learned - In addition to natural God given talent, you have to have an exceptional work ethic…. And a ‘Unmeasurable’ size heart! I also learned going into the sport that… it was extremely combative, violent, physical & emotional game to play; the game of football plays at such a fast pace…. There is NO time to think,.. you just ‘Play’!
The majority of your ‘thinking’ is done during the preparation (practice) phase of the game. I learned at a very early age that the more ‘Thinking’ you do when you’re actually playing…. the more you are at-risk in getting hurt and or injured!
Another thing I learned was… NO PLAYER likes getting hit low (below the thighs)!!! Getting hit low at a high rate of speed can and will end a career faster than anything.
The reason I’m pointing this out is because the NFL has adapted a new ‘Helmet’ rule that prohibits a player from making contact with his helmet ‘ANYWHERE’ on an opposing player. What does this mean? Well, it means a few things,…. this new rule will now force a player to do a hell of a lot of ‘thinking’ before making contact on an opposing player, thus placing himself at-risk. This new rule will most likely force a defender to target an opposing player (at a high rate of speed) below their thighs… and right at the knees, thus creating a higher risk injuries.
Case and point, the Jacksonville Jaguars lost wide receiver, Marqise Lee for the season during last week’s preseason game due to a low hit.
Unfortunately, this will be the ‘Norm’ (injuries) during games now due to this new ‘Helmet’ rule.
I understand that they (NFL) are trying to reduce the amount of concussions the players are getting…. What they should do is research the game of ‘Rugby’; it’s as close to the game of football as you’re going to get. They don’t wear helmets, and they have less than half of the amount of head injuries/concussions the NFL has. The NFL needs to go back the drawing board... before it's too late!
What do you think?
LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffery has decided to forgo their perspective team bowl games to prepare for the NFL draft.
These 2 young men are making a decision that is in the best interest of their future. In other industries, this is called a 'Business' decision.
Others will say that these 2 young men are turning their backs on their teammates, coaches, school and fans by not playing in the bowl game. Others will also say that these 2 young men are extremely selfish in making such a decision.
In my personal opinion, I do not fault their actions at all; it's their choice,... no one but them knows their circumstances,... i.e, financial, health, personal goals,.. etc. From what I understand, these 2 young men are projected to go high in the 1st round.... in translation, they are projected to make millions!
And if for some reason (injury, bad showing..) they slip low in the 1st round, or even worse... if the drop below the 1st round, they will lose millions!
Again, no one but them knows their situation and circumstances that got them to make the decision they made.
I wish them all the best... and I hope & pray that they carry themselves with humility and class... most importantly, I pray that they 'Pay It Forward'.
What are your thoughts on this?
There is absolutely no question that Mr. Odell Beckham Jr. is one of the most electrifying players and the NFL! He is as close as they come to being a 'Human Video Game'. But some past events has placed a huge cloud over his performance on the field!
Some people say that Odell Beckham Jr. is a very passionate and competitive player,.. and he sometimes let that get in the way of him performing at 'his' highest potential.
Others are saying,... though we haven't heard about any major issues away from the gridiron,... the young man has some serious anger & 'attention seeking' issues,.. Odell Beckham Jr. needs to get professional help before something really bad happens on the field.
Or could it be a combination of the two?
What are your thoughts?
With all the off-the field controversy regarding Colin kaepernick this season,..... Now that he was announced the starting QB for the 9ners.... How do you think he will do as the starter?
Want to hear your thoughts......
There's an un-written rule in sports.... 'You can't lose your job due to injury'. But what would (should) you do if you were the Dallas Cowboys?? Rookie Dak Prescott has been playing 'well beyond expectations' during the first 5 weeks of the season. Hypothetically speaking, If veteran Tony Romo is ready to play next week,... Should the Dallas Cowboys pull Dak Prescott out of the starting lineup for Romo? or should they stay with the rookie while he's still on a 'roll'?
I want to hear your thoughts.........