Blessed Are the Fans and Peacemakers

I think almost everybody would agree that fan violence is unacceptable. It just doesn’t make sense.

This is our job, the means by which we provide for our families, and we don’t take it that far. Obviously we have more than we need in this game. We make a lot of money. But still, this is how we provide for our families. This is how my children will go to college. This is how my house gets paid for. For us, our performance on the field is a serious issue. Salary is a performance-based issue. Our income depends on how well we play. There’s a lot of pressure on us to do what we do, and to do it well.

And with everything we have at stake, we don’t even take a rivalry off the field. After the game, we’re not fighting anybody. We don’t walk out of the clubhouse, see an opposing team’s fan, and want to fight them. We don’t allow our emotions to take over like that. Continue reading