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Railbird Central Podcast: Packers OTAs & Beyond

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Railbird Central Podcast: Packers OTAs & Beyond

Episode 535

Joining the show is Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who discusses his recent article on neck injuries ending the career of 13 Packers players in recent memory. To vist the other articles referenced on the show, make sure to visit MMQB's My Big Fat NFL Career, and the teacher's blog post on Stephen Curry. We also get into Packers OTAs, including the return of Julius Peppers to the practice field.

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DraftHobbyist's picture

About not encouraging people to try out for sports, that's a very complicated issue, but some other parts of the argument need to be mentioned:

1) Just because someone doesn't become a professional sports player does not mean they didn't benefit from sports.

2) Shooting for our dreams is what America is all about. We would never consider telling students not to try to be astronauts or theoretical physicists because so few people succeed in those fields, would we? So why would we tell people not to try to become sports players if that is their dream?

3) Just because someone tries to become a professional sports player does not mean they can't also continue to learn and become educated. If the student fails at their dream of being a pro sports player, they can then go into a different field.

4) This is really a slippery argument. You start with telling students not to go out for sports because they likely won't have a career in it. Then you tell them not to become musicians. Then you tell them not to become astronauts. Then you tell them not to become theoretical physicists. And on and on. When does it stop? Should everybody's goal be to become a cashier because almost all cashiers succeed? It seems like this teacher has one standard for sports and one for non-sports, and that's not right.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I erased a longer reply because your comment is just so beautifully written. It is important to be good at something. One doesn't have to be the best at it, though, to gain overall confidence, and even failing or losing at some point only proves that one can rebound. I opened my own business many years ago. I remember my friends telling me that 70% of new businesses fail, that I was grossly under-capitalized, that I had recently been promoted and likely would be promoted again. I did it anyway. I worked every day, every holiday, including Christmas, etc., for three years, over a thousand straight days. I made it work. It can be done. The teacher needs an attitude adjustment. I wonder what subject he teaches? Wouldn't it be ironic if it is a subject that is not readily marketable?

Brian Carriveau's picture

Well-reasoned comments, guys. Thanks for sharing.

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