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Media needs to stop judging football players

Oct. 20, 2013 at 5:20 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

According to the pundits and "experts" on TV, radio and the newspapers, football - college and professional - seems to be having problems, not with NFL owners and rules or college programs and rules but with its players.

If you're Johnny Manziel - Johnny Football - from Texas A&M and the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy, you need to be a 20-year-old saint. Don't take money, no parties, no hanging out with superstars, no fooling around, no drinking, etc.

If you're Tim Tebow, you need to be a sinner - like Manziel. Take the money, fool around. Instead, Tebow has to endure such nonsense as "You're not a good pro quarterback; you have no stats to prove you're a qualified pro even though the Broncos won their third division under you." (The Broncos will never win the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning - my opinion.)

If you're Aaron Hernandez, there are all kinds of problems hounding you. You can take the boy out of the 'hood, but you can't take the 'hood out of the boy.

What's next for America's favorite sport and pastime?

Tennis or soccer anyone?

Rosalie Sykora, Victoria

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