The Offensive Line
As an Offensive Lineman the second you decided to put your hand in the dirt, you made a choice. A choice to toil away in anonymity. A choice to be the first one blamed when something goes wrong, and the last one praised when everything goes right. A choice to get rid of any ego you may have and show up every day to work. You give up the stars, the glory, the stats, for the personal knowledge of knowing that without you, the team has no chance of success. That without you, the Quarterback can’t throw a touchdown, the Running Back can’t gain yards and the Wide Receiver won’t have a chance to catch the ball. You understand that no one cares about a Lineman unless he does something wrong. You are taught to be violent, but to be a protector. To play nasty, but to retreat when the time calls for it. You must have a take-no-prisoners mentality. You must go into a game knowing that, despite who is lined up against you, no one is tougher, meaner or better than you. Understand that, when you strap that helmet on, put your hand in the dirt, may God help the man across from you, for you will show no mercy. And when the game is over, win or lose, you remain humble. Physicality, toughness and a protective nature lie within all great Lineman. When you choose to place your hand in the dirt, you become the least known, yet most important unit on the team. Understand that, and come to practice every day ready to work, ready to fight & ready to make the difference it takes to win the next game. Because playing on the line separates the MEN from the BOYS. Not all are able to play in the trenches, but those who are will never be broken.