So a post by Royal_Fan inspired an interesting perspective I'd like to venture into here on MHR and maybe tell a story or two. I believe that actually having played played football (pee-wee, middle school, high school, college, professional, coach) provides a certain understanding of the game that some fans lack. It does so in a similar fashion that our schooling system does (K-6, middle school, high school, college, masters, doctorate, professor) but that in our sociological and intellectual understanding of our everyday lives.
Please do not get me wrong here, I do not mean to discredit anyone on MHR or try to make it seem like their opinion is less valid. As far as I'm concerned this is the single best place to discuss football with knowledgeable football fans of any place in the real or Internet world. Frankly I've become a smarter fan because of this site.
Much like our schooling system, just because you never played football or didn't graduate high school, does that mean you can't be knowledgeable on the subject or successful in general. I wanna say it was Frank Zappa who said "if you want to get laid go to college, if you want an education go to the library." Point being there is no doubt in my mind we have Broncos fans on this site who absolutely know what they are talking about in terms of the Broncos but their perspective is much different than mine having played from 6 years old until I was 16. I actually quit to pursue high school golf which I have mixed emotions about but whatever you'll understand later.
The biggest difference I can feel between those of us who played is about the violence of the game. It is my belief that those of us who played are mostly against the recent legislation of violence in the NFL. Those who didn't play are indifferent about the subject not necessarily for a less violent sport. At this point I will say I played Quarterback my entire football career minus one week. I broke my arm and wrapped it in foam and played Tight End. That week I got my revenge for every blindside hit I ever took and just flat out leveled anyone who was unsuspecting. You know what I remember most about all those years? It was the one week I got to block like Ed McCaffrey in the Super Bowl.
I guess that week's karma caught up to me in high school when I got blindsided from the front side, trying to throw an out pass to the left. I got sacked at full speed on a run through, helmet to the sternum, then the chin. I came to before the trainers could get out there. I was stumbling looking for my mouth piece which was only about eight yards away, and came out for a play or two. That hit ended my career not physically but my psyche/pocket presence was never the same and most importantly it was a completely legal hit.
For some the hit that ends it all comes when they are 16, or like Favre and Warner when they are 40 but that hit will eventually come. With all of the Saints troubles and bounty issue lets not lose sight of the fact that the point of this game is to inflict as much pain as you can on another person without going to jail (or in other words doing so legally) , at least it was for me and most of those who played it.
Your big hit stories are encouraged, as are your opinions on the difference between playing or not as fans. Thanks for reading.