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Posted On Friday, 04 November 2022 14:01 Written by

Entitlement carries the definition “give right(s) to.” Parents give certain rights to their children. Football coaches often give their quarterbacks the right to alter a pre-set play – called an audible. The operative word in this definition of entitlement is give. Someone must give the right to another.

Today’s parents are often concerned about young people who “feel” they automatically have rights without them being given. This is in no way in conflict with what “certain inalienable rights” means. Many generations before never felt they were entitled to anything that they didn’t earn. If they didn’t earn it, they didn’t get it. Period!

This now leads us to today’s sports stars. The opinion here is that there is a difference between sports stars and athletes, who by the definition herein are those who carry the responsibility of earning what they gain. Entitlement is not even in their dictionary. Athletes, by the definition here, don’t feel entitled to status, fame, money, etc., until after they have earned them. Take notice of a police blotter report that lists NFL players and other NFL employees who have been arrested.

These arrests were for traffic tickets, DUI, assaults, thefts, disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, possession of drugs, carrying a concealed weapon, and domestic violence. Why does this happen? How can they be allowed to represent the shield of the NFL, and more importantly, how, and when will they learn to avoid such maleficence?

Herm Edwards, former head coach of college and professional football teams has often said, “Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. Players and coaches must honor that (NFL) shield through their behavior and stature.” May we add, college players must also honor their college/university history and traditions.

We thank those many players who do listen and do honor exemplary leadership!

Will you pattern your behavior after those who honor and respect traditions and the “shield?”

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