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Are you really comparing DT playing soccer to a surgeon possibly stabbing himself with a knife? Playing soccer can actually benefit you whereas your example can only bring pain and no benefit. Terrible comparison
This post was edited by bhknight 2 years ago
Yeah, little girls and third world countries too poor to have real sports.
It's an analogy not a direct comparison that was meant to demonstrate smart fun vs dumb fun.
The issue I had with your naive let him have some fun stance is most of these 4* and 5* kids have dreams to play at the next level. Their bodies are the vehicle that gets them there. Time to make prudent decisions about risk vs reward.
Technically he was playing futbol when he was hurt.
It was soccer though......
The state is the great fictitious entity by which every man believes he can live at the expense of every other. - Frédéric Bastiat
Horrible comparison. Guys soccer provides a cardiovascular workout for him. He could get hurt doing football agility drills too. It's a freak accident so get off his case.
Screw Darius Philon. And not kidding.
Damn, hope he makes a full recovery.
I hate soccer just as much as the next guy, but it is a great way to stay in good cardiovascular shape as well as improve your footwork. There's just no way to argue against it. It's not nearly as potentially dangerous as playing basketball where you're pretty much guaranteed to roll your ankle at some point.
THIS!!! is the most underrated post of the year!!! Let the kids have SOME fun before coming to Bama and become adults.
Well go tell Reggie Ragland to quit his BBall team. Open your eyes dude it wasn't a givin that he was going to to get hurt, it was a freak accident. More knees get blown out in football than in soccer by a wide margin. Why do you think all offensive lineman wear knee braces on both knees every play. Ask Lane Bearden how soccer helped him become the punter/kicker he was. Ask Brodie Croyle how quick a freak accident can happen? Not everything needs to revolve around football your last semester of your senior year in high school. There are a select few that choose to enroll early but we can't hold it against the ones that don't and choose to enjoy there last couple months of freedom.
Seriously. Great Comment
For the long term development of an athlete it is actually better for him to engage in many sports. Saban might not like it for the program but it is usually best for the athlete. I can give you countless examples of guys who played several sports and had tremendous success. Jackie Robinson, tony Gwynn, Bo Jackson, Deion sanders, frank Thomas, Michael jordan, Charlie ward, Jim brown, Jim Thorpe, Dave Winfield and todd Helton just to name a few. Kids that play one sport or sports that are similar usually have poor mobility and stability. I see on a daily basis. Bring me a kid that has played multiple sports and one that specialized in one sport and 9 times out of 10 the kid that has played multiple sports is the better athlete and the more likely athlete to experience more success. Not to mention he is usually the more healthy of the two athletes.
Still amazes me how ignorant a lot of people are about soccer.
Imagine a Defensive Lineman with the footwork, balance, and endurance of a soccer player plus the strength and mindset of a heavyweight state champion wrestler. That's a pretty deadly combo for a DL and even better for and OL. Diversity isn't a bad thing....
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