Billy Joel sang it best, and since there’s no room for karaoke in this piece, I’ll stick to writing.
While everyone is under the spotlight, some more than others, in the National Football League, that spotlight can turn into a heat lamp.
We’re talking about pressure. And that pressure comes in a variety of forms. Is it self-induced based on a player’s high expectations of himself? Does it come from a big-ticket contract, meaning the player is the man on the spot? Perhaps it just comes with the job.
Pressure can also come with being anointed the team’s “savior.” It can also come from making an adjustment to a new position, knowing your performance is crucial to the team while you’re learning on the job.
So here are some thoughts on 10 players that will be facing some real pressure this summer at training camp. All should be up to the task at hand, but that’s why they play the games.
And practice for those games as well.