Like us, they also have families, interests, goals, beliefs, things they like and things they dislike.
We wake-up on Monday mornings and go to class or clock-in on the way to our cubicle; their job is significantly different than ours.
They put on pads that many of us wouldn't be able to walk around in, let alone move at speeds faster than you can imagine and launch themselves at each other, delivering blows to the body much more powerful than we realize. Each and every Sunday they go out and perform to the best of THEIR ability to give US a form of entertainment we crave and can never, ever get enough of.
Just as we do, they also have their favorite brands and companies they support like defensive tackle Malik Jackson who is a supporter of Five Four, a unique apparel company that for $60 a monthly membership fee, will send you an individually curated package of up to three items until you pause or cancel your membership. All pieces are yours to keep and can only be found exclusively through them; members receive free shipping and size exchanges.
They have their job; we have ours.
We have our uniform; they have theirs.
Some believe that using the NFL as their platform for protest is the wrong way to do things or that if they choose to do so, there's a right way and a wrong way to carry out that protest. Some of us disagree with the idea as a whole, but many of us forget what exactly protest means; Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick reminds us, "... It’s to be able to raise it at a point in time when everybody's looking, watching, listening and is going to hear you."
I'm not asking you to take a stance and feel one way or the other nor am I saying I agree or disagree with either side, I'm asking you to remember that behind the pads, underneath the helmet... the eyes you see behind the facemask is a human being just like you and me.
They get up each morning and go to work just like we do; they also have families at home waiting for them like we do. We have things we're interested in and passionate about; so do they. We have things we dislike and things we'd like to change; so do they. We have ways we feel like we can change things; they do too.
We also find certain memes and viral social media posts funny as do they, like linebacker Telvin Smith.
In the words of Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman, "It’s a tough time we are living in, a very scary time. It’s an uncertain future."
The next time you find yourself gathered around your friends at a tailgate with cold drink in your hand or cheering on your team at the top of your lungs, please, if anything, remember that they too are human and like us, will always love to lick what remains of the brownie batter from the bowl, like defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks.
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