A View from the Outside
So I’ve finally gotten settled back to normal life after a brief trip to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. During my four day stay, I had the privilege of making the acquaintance of many interesting individuals, including but not limited to current and former pro athletes and many mothers and fathers of NFL players.
I am not an athlete, so being thrust into this world is an amazing experience for a long time fan of professional sports. With this said, one of the most phenomenal things I’ve been able to witness is the kindness and devotion of these men and women. It’s been awesome to see that these athletes, who Americans and people across the world revere for their awesome skill, talent, and celebrity, are everyday people. These men and women in my experience have been genuinely humble and a lot of fun to be around. I had the honor of watching the Super Bowl at a viewing party hosted by NFL wives and mothers. The thing that stands out most in my mind was not the great game between the Steelers and the Packers, but rather that at the first sight of a scuffle between players on the field, the mothers, wives, fathers, and players immediately acted distraught. The level of sportsmanship in the room was astounding. These are undoubtedly some of the biggest fans and supporters of the NFL and they happen to be some of the most outspoken proponents of fair play and general enjoyment of the sport.
It has been a truly humbling and gratifying experience to surround myself with these people for a short period. If I could leave you with one important thing for consideration it is this: although some athletes receive negative attention, this cross section is only a small portion of the whole. Sports are comprised of professionals who gained success through hard work and great support from loving parents/fans - with these elements any man or woman can achieve his or her dreams.