We, the National Football League, humbly ask for your forgiveness. We’ve finally realized how important you are to us and we’re sorry that we have taken you for granted. We’ve taken off the blinders and we can see the light. We know now that we could not possibly be where we are without you forging the way, leading the charge.
You were once the king of the gridiron, the leader of the pack, the epitome of what a football player should be. Within your ranks dwell the most immortal of names; Jim Brown, Franco Harris, Larry Csonka—just to name a few of the NFL’s greatest players who have taken their proud place on the line at your storied position.
You are truly the most valuable player on your team. You’re not afraid to throw yourself into harm’s way, risking life and limb at the hands of a 300 pound behemoth all so your team can gain that extra yard. You are the consummate team player, selflessly giving up personal accolades for the better of your organization.
Yes, your backfield mate will get all the headlines, but he couldn’t have done it without your sacrifice. Take pride in knowing that, although you are paid a lower salary, will spend six days a week in an ice bath and have almost no chance of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, you will always be a fan favorite.
You always come through when we need you. Your versatility is why you were chosen with a fourth round pick. We know we can count on you to provide that key block, catch out of the backfield or crucial goal line push. When we need a fill-in starter at tailback, there you stand.
We watch, puzzled, that despite your slow 40 yard dash time and lack of wiggle you still out-produce every other running back ahead of you on the depth chart. We are sincere when we tell you that if production was more important to us than perceived potential, you would be our primary ball carrier. Please understand, it’s not you, it’s us.
Fullback, please forgive us. We could never have gotten this far without you and we all know it. Never mind that we have phased you out as primary runners and are trying to phase you out as blockers with the two tight-end set. We really do appreciate all that you have accomplished for this league.
Your glory was solidified in the past and will always be remembered thanks to NFL films. No matter what the future holds, know this: you led the way with Jim Brown and Marion Motley; you accepted a new role for Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith. You may have ended with Lorenzo Neal and Mike Alstott, but no matter what, it was you who paved the way for all.
Regards and Respect,
PS: Thank you for giving us Peyton Hillis.