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This Week’s Craze – Kaepernicking

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Last year, the big thing in the NFL was “Tebowing” – this year it’s “Kaepernicking.”

We have San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Colin Kapernick to thank for this latest craze.  Whenever he scores a touchdown – he flexes his right arm and kisses his bicep.

Now fans all over the country are posting pictures of themselves “Kaepernicking” at home, in bars, on the street, and at work.

Whatever happened to the good old days when, instead of doing some goofy dance in the end zone, players politely handed the ball to the ref and ran off the field without making a spectacle of themselves?

That was one thing that always impressed me about Barry Sanders when he was carrying the ball for the Detroit Lions.  He never “acted up” after scoring a touchdown.  He politely sought out the ref and handed him the ball as he made his way off the field.

He realized football is a team sport, not an individual sport.  Players today seem to forget that without that offensive line blocking for them and the other receivers and backs acting as decoys, they may not be high stepping it into the end zone as much as they would like.

I know – I probably sound like an old fashioned curmudgeon, but why must players today insist on drawing attention to themselves.

You didn’t see that sort of thing happen when Bud Grant, Tom Laundry and the other great coaches walked the sideline.

For any young players reading this blog, my suggestion to you would be to take a step in the opposite direction from everyone else and show a bit of restraint.

Behaving like a “class act” goes a long way.


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