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Why people should play football

January 4, 2011

Everyone Should Play the Great Game of Football: A Persuasive Essay on Football

The game of football is something that is very intriguing. Most people think that it’s a only a game of super star athletes and hard hitting. Little do they know there is much more to this game. Behind the scenes is where the true football players are made. Hard work, long days, and fatigue all describe what the preparation is like. However, while all of this seems so difficult the rewards that being a football player provides are priceless.

One of the greatest rewards of being a football player is feeling like you are part of a “family.” After a team has gone through off season workouts, summer workouts, and eventually two-a-days they become bonded. The bond is similar to a big brother-little brother bond. Everyone is always looking out for each other and nothing can separate them. During this bonding process, many friends are made. Players discover teammates that have the same will and desire as they do for the game. Not only do they become friends on the field, but off the field as well.

Another one of the great rewards of football is game days. After the long, hard week of practice is over it is time for the team to see how they match up. There is nothing better than preparing to walk onto the field in front of over 2,000 screaming and yelling fans knowing that you get the opportunity to see how you stack up against your opponent. Not only does this provide great enthusiasm, it also provides the home team with an advantage. During the game, the “trash talk” and opposing teams will to win drive the players harder than anything else. However, the football game itself is something that every player always enjoys. One main reason players enjoy it is because if they mess up at any time, there is always an opportunity later in the game to make up for it. Unless you have actually experienced this, you cannot relate to it.

The game of football can always provide someone with great opportunity. It always gives people that feel like they have nothing something to hope for. Being part of a football team is something that will never be regretted. The games and friendships are things that are cherished forever. Anyone who wants to be a part of something they can cherish forever, I definitely recommend playing the game of football. The rewards that are available are flat out mind boggling.





I support every American’s right to free speech and protest. My disappointment is in these millionaire players’ choice to take the easy route by turning their backs on the flag. Why not take your money and invest in an inner-city revitalization project, community policing program or a multitude of other programs that would actually do something? Actually get involved rather than turning your back on the flag that men and women have fought and died for!

MURRAY SALES
GROSSE POINTE, MICH.

To the Editor:

My wife and I aren’t football fans, but we are immensely proud of the players, coaches and owners for taking this principled stand (or knee). It is nothing short of tragic that professional athletes need to give a civics lesson to the president of the United States. Clearly, they have a far greater grasp of our Constitution and a far deeper understanding of what this country is supposed to be than the person in the Oval Office. Hats off to all of you!

MACKENZIE ALLEN
SANTA FE, N.M.

To the Editor:

Without wishing to defend our president, it must be said that the First Amendment does not protect speech in the private workplace; it only prohibits the government from regulating speech. This is settled law. Every day across America, employees less famous than star athletes are fired for saying things their bosses don’t like — even for displaying political bumper stickers on their cars. It’s perfectly legal.

While I hope team owners continue to allow employees to express their opinions on the job, they have no constitutional requirement to do so.

MAX ALEXANDER
SOUTH THOMASTON, ME.

To the Editor:

Many of the arguments against football players’ expressing their political views during the national anthem hinge on the notion that “politics doesn’t belong in the workplace.” Please! Professional football stadiums on a fall Sunday afternoon are the closest we come in American society to the public square.

This is a place where people all across the political spectrum come together and spend time in one another’s company for a few hours. If expressions of political belief are out of place here, why do we even play the national anthem in this setting?

DAVID E. COHEN, PRINCETON, N.J.

To the Editor:

People go to sporting events to see teams or individuals perform, not to watch a political or religious demonstration.

HERB STARK, MOORESVILLE, N.C.

To the Editor:

On Sunday the country saw the National Football League react to President Trump’s statement about kneeling during the national anthem. While I congratulate the players, former players and owners, I wonder where they all were last year when Colin Kaepernick took a knee. Few other players were willing to take a knee then.

Mr. Kaepernick was punished by the owners and to this day still does not have a job in the N.F.L. Which N.F.L. team owners will have the guts to denounce their own hypocrisy and offer Mr. Kaepernick a job as quarterback?

CATHIE PERSELAY SEIDMAN
MILLBURN, N.J.

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