The Jew of Tomorrow (or Where is the Sandy Koufax of the NFL?)

Russell FikeCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2008

In what can only be a poorly veiled homage to the many Jewish athletes of the NFL, the end of the NFL regular season coincided with the last night of Hanukkah.  In Jewish households across America candles slowly burned while Denver’s hopes for a playoff spot did the same. 

Igor Olshansky, a Jew and a defensive end for the San Diego Chargers was surely empowered in the spirit of the Maccabees on the eighth night of the festival of lights.  His two Star of David tattoos summoned the power of Hanukkah as he accumulated one tackle in the game. 

12 teams of 53-man active rosters make the playoffs.  Joking aside, some may be shocked to learn that among those players I found at least two are Jewish.  Considering the NFL has mandatory procedures when hiring new coaches that require minorities are interviewed, I wonder if there is a way to extend affirmative action to Jewish athletes. 

My nephew, who is also Jewish, wrote a letter to Santa asking for an athletic Jewish role model.  Sad, considering the Jewish peoples only connection with Christmas is that even Santa needs someone to do his taxes.  However, with safety Taylor Mays out of USC declaring eligibility for the draft there is hope for the Jew of tomorrow.      

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