John Moffitt walks away from NFL, 1 million
This is the title of an article which was posted in November 2013, about a Denver Broncos player. I captured the link for later blog postings. All this Super Bowl hype has me thinking later has now come.
My blogs are really targeted to women. Writing about a sport in which women can’t actively participate (as in being on the field as a player) isn’t at the top of my list. I recognize that many women enjoy professional sports just as much as their spouses, children, families, and friends do. I will admit that even this year I have actually watched a lot of football because teams from my home town (the Kansas City area) and where I lived for most of my adult life (the Denver area) had great seasons. Of course, in the end, Denver earned their way to the Super Bowl, so I am getting lots of Facebook communications from my Colorado friends. Yes, I will be watching the Super Bowl this year, for the first time in a long time.
Thinking about the current elevated attention on football made me more conscious of the extraordinary amount of money which is involved in the sport, the enhanced concerns by the football league about the potential long-term health problems for players, and the high value much of our society holds for professional athletes. Clearly there is a lot of hero-worship going on in the business of professional football. It isn’t routine for a player to simply walk away from the sport, and in this case, from a team which translated Super Bowl potential in November 2013 into a Super Bowl invitation in January 2014.
The story about John Moffitt (click here to read) is a profound and positive example of how a person’s values and goals can change and evolve. This is one man’s story of recognizing those changes and making some unconventional decisions to live his life the way he feels is appropriate. A professional football player opting out to protect his health and align his career with his values is not the normal news story in professional sports.
It is wonderful to learn from the examples of others about grounding a life based on personal values and establishing, or re-establishing, goals to live in support of those values.
When I watch the Broncos play and listen to the sportscasters introduce the players and their stats, I will be thinking about John Moffitt and wondering what new goals he has set for his life, and what stats he has decided are now most important to him.
Until next time.
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