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September 13, 2007

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MrUniteUs

Seems schizophrenic and self-defeating for you to refer to people as "beast", on one hand, yet attempt to raise concern for their safety on the other.

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Marc Isenberg

Thanks for pointing out. I think I am on pretty firm ground in saying that I used an accepted figure of speech that generalizes the physical characteristics of many NFL players.

A search of Google News just in the last week turns up several "football players as beast" references:

Colts Dwight Freeney referring to Titans QB Vince Young:
"Just know what kind of beast you're hunting. As a D-line, we have to understand who we're hunting...They want the ball in [Young's] hands to make plays. He's a different beast simply because they have plays designed for him to use his athletic ability."

Ben Grubbs, Ravens' guard on Haloti Ngata:
"Haloti is just a beast out there. You look at him and you think he's slow, but he's swift on his feet."

Seattle Post-Intelligence sportswriter Jim Moore writing on the Ohio State football team:
"My scout calls tackle Vernon Gholston 'a beast' and cornerback Malcolm Jenkins 'a freak of nature.' Middle linebacker James Laurinaitis sounds like he's a little of both."

Tennessee Titan player Tony Brown on himself:
"When I step onto the field for warm-ups, I turn into somebody else. Like David Banner and the Incredible Hulk. I call it my Beast Mode."

Like "football as war" metaphors, perhaps "football players as beasts" is overused. But I certainly did not mean it a disrespectful way.

Nancy

i like football even when i was very young and even played in little league football. Compared to basketball, football is more risk prone to injuries. I never thought about it until i hurt my knee that season and had to have arthroscopic surgery.

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Ryan - Packer Backers

I agree with your comment about the leap from college to the pros. Heck, even look at the high schools nowadays, there are more than a few 300 pounders running around.

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