NFL Code: Cover your (Butt)

Posted: July 27, 2012 in Jacksonville Jaguars, sports

You won’t hear any criticism of Maurice Jones-Drew from his teammates. The unwritten code in the NFL is players seldom, if ever, criticize another player for holding out and/or demanding more money.

Here’s a sample of what you’ll hear from MJD’s teammates as camp opens:

  • “He’s got to do what’s best for him.”
  • “He deserves everything he can get.”
  • “He’s got to take care of his family.” (That’s my personal favorite.)

It doesn’t matter that MJD has two years remaining on his current contract. It doesn’t matter he is considered by many as the team’s leader. It doesn’t matter that his absence if, indeed, he holds out and it extends into the season, could costs the team victories.

The unwritten code also usually comes into play when a teammate runs afoul of the law. “He’s our teammate and we’ve all got to help him get through this and put it behind him,” is the usual reply.

Now I understand the concept of team; the concept of having your teammates’ backs; the whole foxhole mentality.

But these unwritten codes are about being selfish and covering one’s butt. Every player knows the more money the stars make ultimately means more money for all players. Players know the next guy caught with pot or getting a DUI could themselves.

Do think teammates would rally around a player who quit on the team during a game because it was in the player’s best interest to avoid a possible injury or help prolong his career?

What’s the difference?

  1. says:

    Folks like Mojo D and Shahid Khan have very little experience playing “chicken”. One is a very astute businessman and the other is a bully by brawn. We shall see who wins in the end but my money is with “Management”, in this case. I want to see that $30,000 per day FINE inposed!

    It’s best to settle…quickly, before the real fans bail out….

    If you can’t take $4 million and build a diversified porfolio that will provide six figures in annual income, then you need to go back to school and forget about football. (The same thing that the NCAA has said about Penn State)

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