Imagine a sport where thousands of men have become permanently damaged physically and mentally. Okay, I am not talking about war here, but a beloved American Sport. This sport could be considered criminal when you look at some of the intentional hits. In fact, if you listened to all of the voices around us, you would think that playing football would be one of the stupidest things a person could do. I mean how could this sport still be around? Why haven’t they banned it already? Well, I will tell you why. There is a lot more to football then just the brutalism we all hear about. Playing football will prepare you for life better than any sport or activity I know could.
Some people see stupid violence within football. I see a sport that can teach valuable lessons in “discipline, survival, victory, and defeat.” It can teach us how to work hard and how to sacrifice for a greater good. It is the ultimate team sport and it teaches us how to be selfless (Truly Selfless). Football is like a war fought on the battlefield of modern-day entertainment. Historically, our young men and women had to go off and fight to survive in the field of real war to learn priceless virtues. Today, football has given the warriors of this nation another path to manhood without war or bloodshed.
I played many sports growing up and I never found a sport like football. Go ahead, name a sport (famous in America ☺) where at the end of the game, men are struggling to walk after physically laying it all out on the line for his team? I don’t know one.
George Carlin once compared football to baseball. He said “In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy’s defensive line. And in baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe!“ I know that Mr. Carlin was joking, but, as a warrior myself, I certainly would choose football. In fact, I wouldn’t trade my experiences with football for anything.
Yes, I know concussions are serious (I personally had a few in college), but look at the bigger picture people. Although football has damaged some families, the sport has bred strong, brave, and tough men and families. The same families who fought to make this country so great.
Personally, I look at football as my savior. I was an only child who had little to complain about. When I was a boy who needed a lesson in humility, football gave me that lesson. When I needed a lesson in toughness, football taught me that lesson. Hell, even when I needed to relate and play on a team with people of different racial backgrounds and from different upbringings, football gave me the open-mind to understand and relate to them. You see football (to me), is not just a sport. It is a sacred symbol to every man, woman, and child who have learned the same lessons as I have through it.
So, is football dangerous? Yes, of course! But personally, I believe God and America will support anything that turns boys into good men. We must protect football from those that don’t understand the virtues of the sport. Football will continue to give generations of young kids the same lessons I learned. The same lessons that made me who I am today. So, don’t worry people. God will save football.