Although he is known mainly for his involvement in football, Tony has said in several interviews that football was not his life. He often said this to his players and to his staff as well. It held a place of importance in his life, yet it was not the most important thing. Tony has also stated in the past that one’s faith, family and the impact made in the community is of much greater importance then football. His involvement with the community in programs such as All Pro Dad an organization that highlights the importance of being a good father, shows that he stands behind what he says.
However, by the end of the film, we see characters gradually changing their behavior as they gain knowledge of others different than them. Two situations that describe this is the interactions between Coach Yoast and Coach Boone, as well as Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier. To further explain, at the start of the film Coach Yoast is extremely undermining of Boones authority when he first starts as the new head football coach. Both are exceptionally talented in their field, however Yoast feels his white players are superior to the black players, whereas Boone is devoted to putting aside the injustices regarding the different races, to lead the team to victory and teach valuable lessons to his players. The two butt heads due to racial prejudice when it comes to coaching styles and how to coach the team to victory.
General Ulysses S. Grant had a great impact on the United States both in his time as a war general and in his time as president. His role in the Civil War was instrumental to the Union victory and the strategies he employed saved many union troops and ended the war quickly. He had many wins, but also many losses and setbacks that were devastating.He learned and adapted through those setbacks and won the war and the American public. The United States would have had a much harder time winning the war and with recovery efforts afterward were it not for General Grant. Grant was a very prominent figure of the time period and led the Union to victory and helped heal the fractured United States afterward.
On Any Given Sunday injuries happen just as they do in any other sport that either has unintentional or intent contact. The NFL concussion issue has been a lingering topic of conversation since the late 80’s early 90’s when retired players began making complaints on their mental state and issues with life after the Game. The most popular case was the body found of Mike Webster, a 17 year pro for the Pittsburg Steelers. Football is a sport of toughness and durability with only a few regulations and rules that have been and will continue to be enhanced as the league progresses. The NFL is the only and biggest brand of football besides college where the professional athletes get confiscated for performance.
Football is a great sport to teach young boys to work for what they want which is winning the game and eventually taking the championship. When my child plays football, he will gain character and that he can use that to benefit him on life skills. Although some would argue that their child cannot play football because it's too dangerous and is a great cause of concussions or any type of injuries, parents also need to understand the viewpoint of their children. Understanding they want to do and extracurricular activities they want to be a part of. I still strongly agree that I would let my child play football because it's a stress reliever, gain the life experience, and it builds character.
In the book Where Men Win Glory, Pat Tillman had an inherent sense of goodness. He was an expert football player that gave up his career to join the army. He had many reasons why he decided to dedicate himself to the protection of our country. He was always trying to better himself—intellectually, morally, and physically (p 98). He had an inherent sense that he could improve himself and be good but then even get better.
War Without Labels “Not bloody stories, necessarily. Happy stories, too, and even a few peace stories” (33) makes a war what it is. Although war is labeled as a chaotic event among society, it actually has ups with its downs such as life itself, these positive feelings and values positioned in the negative whole can both be seen in Brendan Hoffman’s photograph and Tim O’Brien’s short story “Spin” from the book “The Things They Carried” by looking at soldiers’ behaviors. Brendan Hoffman’s photograph shows Ukraine soldiers after a ceasefire is announced; some of the soldiers are playing football and smiling while some of them still look quite nervous. The story “Spin” includes many vignettes in it some are negative while most of them reflect
Dr. Bennet Omalu is the first to discover CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and has placed him at dangerous feud with the National Football League. Many individuals probably viewed an NFL game and seen a head-to-head tackle. Whether on T.V. or at the game, the tackles never look good and can be very dangerous. Even after all the medical conditions have been exposed, Americans still love the game.
Consequently, their heart is open to love no matter what happens which shows their innocence, and which emphasizes sweetness of war that can also be understood from the “tears in the old guy’s eyes” just before soldiers leave him. In addition, Rat Kiley makes up a rhyme that every soldier chants while walking; this action bonds soldiers together and is a proof that they still carry their childish and innocent beings inside. The concept that Tim O’Brien phrases as “The war wasn’t all terror and violence. Sometimes things could almost get sweet” (31) is also seen in Brendan Hoffman’s photograph; soldiers at the front are playing football while smiling sincerely. This childish attitude of soldiers may prove that war can “almost get sweet”.
Whether it be for pride issues or money, people have always tried to gain an edge on opposing teams. The NCAA started in 1910 with sixty-two members. According to Mary Miller (2012) the NCAA was created to “protect young people from the dangerous and exploitive athletic practices at the time” (p. 1141). She went on to say during her study, an NCAA employee told her the organizations “father was football and its mother was higher education” (p. 1145). The NCAA as an organization has always been about sports first, that’s why they were established.
During his journey to the NFL Jason Pierre Paul used many habits of mind to help him get through his problems. He used persisting because he could have easily given up and retired, but he didn’t. He also used the habit of mind striving for accuracy because he had to try a lot harder as a result of his hand impediments. He also faced the problem that while he played his hand was in a very large glove to protect it so he couldn’t grab or grip anything with it. He uses the habits of mind thinking flexibly and creating, imagining, and innovating to find new ways to tackle with only one normal hand.
Back in 1985 this was most talked about thing happening in football. Even of recently according to Bachelder’s reports, people still see Theismann’s injury as the “most shocking moment in football history.” Looking at these social and historical aspects help Bachelder show the importance of this unfortunate event. The use of memory also effectively helps Bachelder show his main point. At first Bachelder’s purpose is unclear, but as he continues I begin to see how he is progressing from what most people remember, to what he remembers, to what he as well as most people forget, to his main point being the significance of what we have forgotten. He uses words of amusement and amazement that helps understand his tone of being reflective and reverently understanding of everything.
Penn State football is a major brand with a very large fan base. Many areas of the school benefit from the large amount of revenue generated by the success of the football program. One of the major factors in the Penn State scandal was blind loyalty to one individual with total disregard for the children and the lives he was destroying. Many believe the four individuals that had the control to step in and stop this from happening either did not do so for fear of destroying the program or the hopes that it would somehow stop on its own (Crandall 2013). Jerry Sandusky was a top assistant and defensive mastermind for thirty years with Joe Paterno as the head coach.
He along with others were fighting for improvement of Texas schools in a myriad of ways. The primary focuses were compensation of teachers, apt technology within schools, and the quality of the curriculum. Perot also attacked the very heart and soul of high schools in the state, their football programs, with no remorse. He once said “[Legislature] is scratching to put the funds together to keep our school system from being declared unconstitutional, and you’re out there saying, ‘Keep sending that state money because we need to spend our local money on sixteen football coaches and matching shirts for them so we can be the big boy in the district.’” to a principal. (Hobby) This is precisely what the problem was at Permian and other schools in Texas.