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David Ojabo’s injury reaction raises questions and reveals truths

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Michigan linebacker David Ojabo had his draft crater on Friday when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the final phase of the months-long “job interview” known as the process. pre-project. Brooks of NFL Media, the reaction of those present to Ojabo’s injury was disturbing and, in my opinion, revealing.

“I know the NFL is a cold business, but watching the lack of interest or empathy scouts, coaches and spotters after David Ojabo injury bothers me,” Brooks tweeted. “Maybe someone should have been watching him instead of grabbing the ball and moving on to the next drill. Just a thought.”

The video, attached to Brooks’ tweet, says it all. Ojabo breaks down, and there is no reaction. Nothing. Instead, someone walks around to retrieve the ball that Ojabo dropped, like Paul Crewe at the end of The longest yard (both versions).

It’s nothing personal against Ojabo. That’s what they think of all perspective. The only difference between Ojabo and the players currently on a team is that they are currently on a team. If Ojabo had been on a team when he collapsed in obvious distress, someone would have rushed to him, not because they really care about the person, but because he is a tangible asset whose contractual rights belong to the franchise.

Whether as a team or not, players are interchangeable parts in a football machine. If one breaks, remove it and move on to the next one. And if a part breaks during the process of selecting parts for the various football machines, put it aside and focus on the rest of the new parts.

It’s not a comment on whether it’s good or bad. You can, and you will, come to your own conclusion about this. It is an assessment of the situation. And this is nothing new. Teams regularly remove broken or ineffective parts of the soccer ball. Each year, teams select which parts to add to 32 football machines, calling dibs on those parts, regardless of whether those specific parts want to be keyed into that specific football machine.

The parties are conditioned to accept these realities. They do not have the choice. It’s the only way to play football in the NFL. It’s the only way to get paid to do it.

Of course, once that happens, fans will be unhappy with what they perceive to be some sort of lottery prize received by players, for which there is no price to pay beyond the ticket. The physical, mental and emotional toll is ignored by people who just want to be entertained by the battle of the football machines.

It’s good, but at some point there has to be interest and empathy for the players, for the human beings who are the players.

It is one of the focal points of playmakersfrom the introduction (which you can read for free on Amazon) and at. Football machines and those who promote them too often gloss over the basic humanity of players. When someone says “the next man” the implication necessarily is “last man out!That’s exactly what happened to David Ojabo on Friday.

Scratch it off, get it out and let’s get back to picking out some new parts for our awesome football machines.

Football is familyThey like to say it.

Football is not family. Football is business. We say ‘football is family’ because it’s good business to say ‘football is family’.

Maybe it would be even better for business if football was truly family-friendly.

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