I have written some articles about respect for certain players, namely Kareem Jackson and Stephen Hill. I have seen some criticism of the articles and some personal attacks on those players. Honestly as a High School football player and "unstable youth" I want to know what kind of person is there to back up those comments (are you just someone who talks trash behind a screen?). However I recognize that BRB is a class website, manners should be used.
I'm sure there are other fellow HS football players that frequent this site, I am not the only. There are some really basic things I learned from high school football so far, work ethic, teamwork, mental toughness, respect and brotherhood. I can see that from the guys I have written about (KJ and SH). Let me put it on the record: some of the comments I have read are so disappointing and upsetting. On my team, we run something called gasses. Simply sprint the width of the field and back in less than 17 seconds. Simple enough right? How about running it in excess of 30-40 times? I can honestly tell you that those were some of the hardest things I have ever done. Once the fatigue and pain set in, you can start telling who is really there to work.
Now I am with my teammates off-season. We don't have to be here, running our butts off but we choose too. We understand the meaning of a work ethic and we willingly run those gasses. I have seen my teammates step up when no one thought they could. I have seen freshmen overtake upperclassmen for starting spots. Now I am not saying I have been out there on the practice field with Kareem Jackson and Stephen Hill but I can tell you this, their off-season training programs and practices ain't cake walks. I have heard the comments that their teammates have remarked of them. As a player the highest praise you can receive comes from your coaches and teammates, nothing else should matter to you.
Kareem Jackson's and Stephen Hill's work ethic is merely something I wanted to post about because I recognize their traits as good football players and also as good teammates. They really take too much flack from fans. To some extent Jacoby Jones does too but that is for another day. I read a comment today that was really upsetting to me. The comment contained some explicit language and a personal attack on the player. Well let me tell you something, If anyone ever talked about one of my teammates (especially one that works hard) that way, me and dozens of other guys would be ready to quite frankly (and I hate to be a hypocrite and use explicit language) kick your ass. I am sure the 50 something other people on the Texans and Georgia Tech football teams feel the same way.
I am not pretending to be an expert because I am not, I am a player. As a player I would like to respectfully ask for these personal attacks on players to stop. If one is making a point about a player, then yes point out that player's flaws or benefits but don't attack him personally because that is disrespectful. At the end of the day what really matters to a player is the respect of coaches and teammates. However a healthy respect of their work from fans never hurts. Thanks for the read and aloha.