Players Pick and Choose Their Battles Wisely Before Speaking

Jarrod CooperCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders is congratulated by fan after he scored a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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With all the football experience a NFL player has, it's no surprise players have their own opinion on how a team should operate.  

The problem is players face a lot of scrutiny from their own team when expressing their opinion. With that being said, most players choose not to get involved with any unnecessary issues.

Just pick up your check on Tuesday and keep your opinions to yourselves, that's how they  like it. When fans voice their opinions, organizations never listen, mainly because many organizations feel fans run on high emotion when lashing out, which isn't very different than players. 

Let's not forget the fact that most NFL organizations think they have all the answers, so any opinion from someone that doesn't work in an NFL office falls on deaf ears. 

One of the most hypocritical parts of the NFL are the people who forget where they come from.

What do I mean? The ball boy who becomes head equipment manger, the intern who becomes head of player personel. 

I have personally seen people work their way through the ranks and once they hit the top, they turn into someone who is impossible to talk to and seem to have all the answers.

The NFL is built on individuals who have sacrificed a large chunk of their life just to say they're part of the NFL, player and staff alike.

The downside to all that passion is people who get so crazed with the very idea of the NFL; the true game of football gets lost in translation. 

It becomes about money and power and next thing you know, every word that comes out of their month is narcissistic. 

I have been blessed to play in the NFL for eight great years, and have been playing football for 25 years, since I was eight. Most of the people who surround the NFL actually take away from the game itself. 

People who have never played the game or have never been in a true NFL locker room are many of the people who are making decisions on the field. I'm not a doctor but this would be like me playing one, coming into a surgery room and making a decision on a patient just because I have watched an episode of General Hospital.

This is the underline problem with the Raiders organization: Everyone has the answers but nobody wants to listen, and the people who say they are listening pick and choose what they want to hear. 

You're maybe asking yourself, how can I be so sure of all this?

I have lived this life for the last 25 years. Football, the NFL, is what I am, so when I talk about issues, I'm not coming from an inexperienced background like many analysts you see on TV reading cue cards or doling out their clueless opinions.  

I harbor no ill will towards the NFL—it was the best time of my life; I am just trying to give people some insight as to what the NFL actually is.

I am in a great position to relay information from the players to the fans without the players worrying about the NFL coming down on them. I do have to give the players thanks for allowing me to be the middle man, every player I speak to will always remain anonymous until they retire.

Then, hopefully, they will join me on my quest to bring the fans truth.


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