The Greatest Position Never Seen: The Offensive Line

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 16:  A view of the offensive line of the New York Giants against the Baltimore Ravens during their game on November 16, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Andrew NasonContributor IDecember 23, 2009

The greatest position in football is the offensive line.

There. I said it.

It may not be a Hall of Fame position. Or a sexy position.

But, it is the most important.

Think about it.

Without a solid offensive line, the following can't happen:

  • Your quarterback can't get off good throws.
  • Your running back and fullback won't have holes to run through.
  • Your punter will get blocked every time.
  • Your kicker will get blocked every time.

“We are offensive linemen, part of the O-line. Five guys working as a unit within the football team to establish the tempo and demeanor of the game. Our job description doesn't sound fun, interesting, or flashy, nor should it. Those who know football know the game is won or lost in the trenches, along the line. We start the play and if we are good we finish it. We are the O-Line, we set the examples, we LEAD FROM THE FRONT.”
—Grey Ruegamer (Offensive lineman for the New York Giants)

Well, said. True, too.

“The heart and soul of any good football team is its offensive line. There's no position that requires more discipline or technique than offensive lineman. Success as an offensive football team hinges on their ability to control the line of scrimmage.”
—Scouts, Inc. ESPN.com (For Active.com January 16, 2006)

“ If you are versatile, tough, and smart you will be a successful offensive lineman.”
—Grey Ruegamer (Offensive lineman for the New York Giants)

The only time you hear about offensive linemen is when they commit penalties or when Jon Gruden or John Madden comments on how bad they're performing. Let's give them the positive attention they deserve.

This Christmas Day, be thankful for your family, your health, and offensive linemen.

-Andrew Nason, CONTRIBUTOR to Bleacher Report

 

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