The National Football League ( Nfl ) Essay

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I love football. I live for the anxious feeling I get as I wait for each play, for the rush of adrenaline I feel when my Eagles enter the red zone. I am drawn in by their season-long crusade, and eagerly cheer them on through each new battle. They light a fire within me whenever they play. Every Sunday a similar blaze tears across our nation, capturing our attention and commanding us to watch our gridiron gladiators. We can’t get enough of football—of our unquestionably, distinctly American sport. The National Football League (NFL) is second to none, and is regarded around the world as the pinnacle of pigskin. Beneath glitz and renown, however, lies football’s darker side. It is a punishing sport, and for every touchdown we cheer for, there are ten bone-shattering hits we jeer for. Our stadiums are built atop the blood, sweat, and tears of hundreds of athletes, all of whom preform remarkable feats of violence no human should ever endure. The game’s damaging reality contradicts any moral delusions we may have. Football is rooted in a brutal tolerance for violence fostered by its leadership, endorsed by its coaches, endured by its players, and idolized by us. In the NFL, “the biggest cheers are for the touchdowns, but the second biggest cheers are for a nasty hit” (Lyman). We love to applaud our star players, and can’t help but rally at the sight of an injured foe. Modernity has largely tamed the open violence rampant in past civilizations. But the same primal urge that drove…

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