Did you see Victor Cruz get hurt on a 4th and 3 play in the 3rd quarter of tonight’s Sunday Night Game of the Week?
Obviously Cruz suffered a significant injury on that play … a torn patella tendon according to Michelle Tafoya. And our friends the sports media focused on Cruz weeping as he was carted off the field; his season likely over.
I love the NFL because it’s a game, but it’s not a game. It’s very serious business to the coaches and men who play it. When I hear fans say “it’s just a game”, or “they get paid all that money”, I think about guys like Victor Cruz, playing hard for his team on a night where they aren’t going to win.
The NFL is a taskmaster. It’s a hard life. It’s a lot of work, work that would injure most of us very badly. It’s actually quite similar to the military where medically speaking, your employer doesn’t really care about your health as long as you can do your job. When I think about those so-called “fans” believing this is like the game kids played in junior high and high school, it’s absurd. Really sad because these men give a lot for something most of them … almost all of them … care very deeply about. It is NOT just a “kids game”, one that “we would pay for free.” That’s laughable. Victor Cruz is lying on a table somewhere in Lincoln Financial Field stadium, preparing for a career-impacting surgery, and fans think it’s a “game?” Ridiculous.
Like I said, I love the game, and the men who play it for the pleasure of millions of us.