Nfl: How Does the Players Behavior Off Field Affect the Game of Football? BY 0+27 Omar Johnson English 1301. 214 Dr. Nancy Carothers 1 1 November 2008 NFL: How Does the Players Behavior Off Field Affect the Game of Football? How does the Player’s behavior off field affect the game of football? The answer to this question might surprise you. We all know that bad behavior has it own consequences, but does it really negatively affect the way a player plays the game of football. In recent year, especially since 2002 we have had a rash of NFL athletes being arrested.
The two most famous would probably Pac Man (Adam) Jones and Michael Vick. These two have been in the headlines for sometime, and probably are the two most notorious. Pac Man has had many arrests, but never really did any Jail time. Michael Vick is serving prison time for his poor Judgment off the field. There were a chain of events that lead up to them not being able to play in the NFL, but did it really affect their game while they were playing? Let’s first look at the two players. Adam Jones who everyone calls Pac Man because of his skills in running and getting out of harms way.
Michael Vick was to be the most exceptional Quarterback out there. Both of these players came to the NFL from disadvantaged environments, and appeared to beat all odds for success. But, did they really? It seems that they were not able to make the transition to the big league. They were not able to see the difference from playing in the inner city and playing in a national league. The problem for these two NFL players is not the ability to play a great game on the field; it is the inability to control their conduct off the field.
Pac Man Jones plays for the Cowboys. The Titans first drafted him in 2005. “Since the Titans drafted cornerback Adam Jones in 2005 he’s been question, named or arrested in connection with at least 12 off-field incidents. (Yassinskas)). ” Even though Jones has been arrested 6 times since he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in April he has done well on the field. “Jones has started all six games for the Cowboys… Jones has 25 tackles and 11 pass deflections, and has averaged 5. 0 yards on 16 punt returns. (Yasinskas). These stats lead you to believe that he is a driven player who achieves hat the team wants when he’s playing. Michael Vick is another young man with extraordinary talent. Like Pac Man Jones, Vick is an investment. Where he differs from Pac Man is that he did not show continuous bad Judgment. Nor did he get arrested over and over. He is guilty of bad Judgment and his conviction for dog fighting is proof of that. Michael Vick had a yards (597) and scores (6) while leading the Falcons to the NFC championship game, one stop short of the Super Bowl.
He agreed to a 10-year contract with the Falcons in 2004… Oudd). ” Vicks field play did not reflect his poor Judgment off the field. As a player goes Vick was said to be outstanding. These two players are excellent athletes. They do not show good Judgment. These two players have good team spirit, but that does not translate into good decision makers off the field. It is a difficult balance for professional players to be powerful, tough, vicious, and ruthless on the field, and then turn it off when they leave the stadium.
This seems especially true when the players come from a background that as full of the same behaviors off the field. Bigger problems are the friends that they choose to surround themselves with. “Bad” behavior on the field is a good thing. This same “bad” behavior off the field can land you in Jail. The worst part of it is that they self destructed in front of millions of people. Work Cited Alan Judd (2007-07-22). In game of life, Vick blitzed by trouble. The Atlanta Journal- Constitution. Pat Yasinskas (2007-05-2007). Goodell suspends Pacman, Henry for multiple arrests. ESPN, Magazine.