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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

Good For Political Players

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An NFL coach shouldn't try to dictate to his players what they can and can't do off the field, as long as their activities don't get them into legal trouble and affect their ability to do their jobs.

Football coaches hate players to have opinions on anything that could generate controversy. That's just the nature of the profession. It creates those dreaded "distractions" and threatens to get in the way of what the coaches are doing.

Too bad.

Players don't check all their rights at the door when they walk into an NFL locker room. They shouldn't be asked to check their social responsibilities, either. If a player wants to be politically aware, more power to him. If he wants to be politically active, even better. Players today have tremendous amounts of wealth and influence, and those who choose to use their high profiles for something more than being product pitchmen should be applauded. Coaches might not like it, but it's really not up to them.

By Mark Maske  |  October 15, 2008; 9:32 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Amen!One of the reasons the sixties atheletes such as Ali,Bill Russell,Jim Bouton,Dave Meggysey,Pete Gent,Wilt,etc.were so much more relevant is that they were atheletes AND citizens.Team sports require rules to be followed.Good citizenship requires authority to be questioned!

Posted by: Delguy | October 15, 2008 2:29 PM

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