By Andy Weddington
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid. Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States
So the NFL will allow players to place decals on helmets to pay homage to victims of systemic racism and police violence.
I fondly remember the day when stickers on helmets were awarded for outstanding play; a little league team I played on, yellow five-point stars (on bright red helmets) - especially for jarring blocks and tackles.
Coach enjoyed the honors.
Those stars were damn hard to get; sported with great pride.
To this day, I can visualize my helmet and the few stars decorating; an average player, me.
In those days NFL players our idols.
Paul Warfield (Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins) one I followed (met and visited with him and his wife in Palm Springs, CA a few years back). What a gentleman! For younger readers, he's black, by the way.
To be fair, if that's permissible, the NFL should not take issue with players who choose to honor our brave citizens who gave their life in service to community and country.
To save the players time, here's a randomly selected Top 10 of law enforcement officers - from dozens - killed (by criminal violence) in the line of duty during the current calendar year.
Put these names, et al., on decals ...
1. Anthony Dia (Police Officer, Toledo, OH - gunfire) Saturday, 04 July 2020
2. Destin Legieza (Police Officer, Brentwood, TN - vehicular assault) Thursday, 18 June 2020
3. Julian Keen, Jr. (Wildlife Officer, FL - gunfire) Sunday, 14 June 2020
4. Dale Thomas Provins, Jr. (Police Officer, Jefferson Hills Borough, PA - automobile crash) Saturday, 13 June 2020
5. James H. Blair (Deputy Sheriff, Simpson County, MS - gunfire) Friday, 12 June 2020
6. Damon Gutzwiller (Sergeant, Santa Cruz County, CA - gunfire) Saturday, 06 June 2020
7. Stephen P. Williams (Lieutenant, Moody, AL - gunfire) Tuesday, 02 June 2020
8. Waldis, "Jay" Johnson (Police Officer, Detroit, MI - gunfire) Sunday, 31 May 2020
9. Michael S. Mosher (Police Officer, Overland Park, KS - gunfire) Sunday, 03 May 2020
10. Jackson Ryan Winkeler (Public Safety Officer, Florence Regional Airport, SC - gunfire) Sunday, 05 January 2020
Spectrum of races.
All victims of criminal violence.
Devastated families. Cohorts and friends, too, suffer.
I have not watched the NFL in decades; lost me when players and the game gave way to other priorities.
Anymore, when interested in watching children play there's comfortable chair on the front porch.
Their focus play - with effort and enthusiasm. Glee obvious. Sportsmanship even. So joy to see.
Oh yes, best of all, admission free.
"Pro" in sports?
Self-destruction their right.
Major League Baseball now follows, off base.
Good luck, sluggers.
America, that racist country which the citizenry twice elected a black to be our President. An impossible achievement without the white vote.
Strange this "systemic" charge.
To close ...
The average citizen - most of America - going about business and doing their best for the greater good of self, family, and community does not want safety and security compromised much less anarchy.
Black, brown, red, yellow, and white will so prove Election Day.
Pros, the vast majority, truly.
Civility's necessary line between calm and chaos.
Ask any victim.