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Providing Equal Opportunities in the NFL

The NFL has come a long way in providing equal opportunities for all players. I think it is important to give attention to areas where they have both succeed and failed in this task. This will give a guide of what is working and what is not working, and will pave the way for a better future.

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Equal pay

The salary of NFL players is still one of the areas of major controversy. Even within the NFL, there is a huge range of difference between contracts for the highest paid players and ones at the base rate.

It is easy to see why better players are paid more. If a higher offer comes along, it can be tempting for a brilliant player to leave their club. They are therefore enticed to stay with huge contracts. Regardless of whether this is fair, the simple fact is that they should be more equal.

Having contracts that differ in millions of dollars between players can create lower confidence in other players. It can stop them from performing their best and create conflict within the club. It can also create competition among players, which something that is not desirable. Salaries should be fair, not outrageous.

Sexuality

The first openly gay male to be drafted in NFL was Michael Sam in 2014. There was massive controversy surrounding this showing our intolerance towards people that come from different backgrounds than our own.

Since then there has only been one player to play in Division I. There is a culture in American football to hide ones sexuality so that it does not hurt ones career. However, if we are going to work towards having completely open and equal opportunities for all players, this needs to change.

Race

We have come a long way in having racial equality in football. From a time when all players were white males to now, there has been a huge shift in our thinking. However, I would like to see more representation for different racial backgrounds. The NFL lacks Asian players which means they are not equally represented in the NFL. Other nationalities, such as those from middle eastern countries, should also be given the change to be equally represented.

Gender

Although this is something we will not be seeing change anytime soon, I think it is important to speak about it now than never. Women sports are gaining momentum more so now than ever before. This has led to the recognition that they are not at all supported in professional sports equal to men. The NFL could be the first to respond to this.

By offering a seperate division for women players, women would have the right to the same equal opportunities that men have. Their skills and talents would be equally recognized and rewarded, and it would lead to a shift in the way we see sportswoman.

Many of these changes will not happen overnight, but it is important to speak about them now. The more we ask for equal rights and discuss their necessity, the closer we will move towards them.

Dream Team: Vincent Brown Jersey #86

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Jersey:

Vincent Brown’s jersey number for the Indianapolis Colts is number 86.

Position played:

Vincent Brown plays the position of wide receiver.

What does Vincent Brown do in his spare time?

As a wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, it is no surprise that Vincent Brown loves to spend his spare time running. He is a fit individual who enjoys getting outdoors and hates spending too long under a roof. Apparently, he has not spent one day trapped inside in his entire life.

Best game moment?

Vincent Brown’s stint with the Indianapolis Colts was a short one. He was signed in March 2015. After only a few short months, he was waived in September the same year. This was due to his contract as an unrestricted free agent. Unfortunately, he did not have a chance to show his skill on the field but has gone on to show his skill for other teams.

So, what is your opinion on Vincent Brown?

Most of Vincent Brown’s achievements were seen when he was playing football in his college years. Throughout his college years he kept up an impressive player record, however in 2012 he was struck by injury which had an impact on his ability to play. I think this went on to impact his career. He is obviously a promising talent with skill and determination, and it is a shame that he was not able to prove this whilst he was playing for the Colts. He has since gone on to sign for both the San Diego Chargers and the New Orlean Saints, showing that his skill has been recognized by many clubs. Unfortunately, his proneness to injury has remained. He failed a physical in July 2016 and was released. At only 27 years old, it seems that his career may be over. Although talented, he has not been able to survive the tough world of football.

Dream Team: Winston Guy Jersey #27

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Jersey:

Winston Guy’s jersey number for the Indianapolis Colts is number 27.

Position played:

Winston Guy plays the position of safety.

What does Winston Guy do in his spare time?

Winston Guy does not have spare time. With a job and 2 young kids, he is a busy working father. He is a family man that cares about his kids. He is also interested in rap music and enjoys listening to it in his spare time.

Best game moment?

There is no specific best game moment for Winston Guy in my opinion. He played in 12 games with a total of 6 tackles for the Indianapolis Colts, before being released. Although he was not the best player for the Indianapolis Colts, I admired his effort on the field in both games.

So, what is your opinion on Winston Guy?

Lacking a proper player record, it is difficult to give a full in depth opinion on Winston Guy without also discussing the time he has spent playing for other teams. He was released by the Colts this year and it has been a shame that he was not given the opportunity to fully show just how good he is. At 26 years old, he is still a young guy and there are plenty more years for him to prove just how good he is. I think it is also important to remember that he was already a father at a young age. This gives him priorities outside of football. It also seemed that perhaps his passion was not with the Colts. He had originally chosen to sign with the Seattle Seahawks as opposed to the Colts. It is also important to remember that his release was not necessarily in regards to his ability. He may have been released so that there was room for other players to take his place. Regardless, I think he is a great player and I am sure we will see more of him in the future.

Read more about other Colts players including Andre Johnson, Adam Vinatieri and Frank Gore.

Are The Salaries Of NFL Players Fair?

Salaries of NFL players have been something I have heard a lot of debate on recently. There is much talk about whether the amount paid to these players is fair and justifiable. Many players are paid a base salary in the millions, not including bonuses and freebies that are included as perks of the job. But do these players deserve this? It is definitely debatable, however, I think the amount players are paid is fair. Although there is a range of salaries based on skill, ability, age and the team they play for, overall most players are paid a fair salary for the game they play.

One example of a highly paid player is Andrew Luck. Andrew Luck was paid a base salary of $16.2 million with a contract that is around $140 million. However, Andrew Luck is one of the best paid players in the game and as such has one of the highest paid salaries. Most players are not paid in this range and are actually paid around $1 million to $5 million. This is still a lot of money and far beyond average salaries.

Although these figures are high, we need to consider why the players get paid this amount. Firstly they are putting their bodies under enormous stress. This is not only in the moment they play, but something to consider for the future. Many players are injured, sometimes every game, and their injuries result in long term damage that is often irreparable. They put their bodies under incredible physical stress that many of us simply would not understand.

NFL players are also putting their lives and faces on display to the world. They are becoming public figures and celebrities in their own right. This affects their whole life and therefore they need to be continuously cautious of their representation in the media and the perception of the public. Any failure to maintain a an immaculate public image can, and has resulted in the termination of their contract.

Another thing to consider that that their careers are also short. Players are only able to play when they are in top physical shape. It is not something that can follow you until your retirement. Many players leave the game unable to do other jobs. Therefore this is their main income source and chance for future savings. Although the issue is still debatable, it is worth considering these facts when you make your judgement.

Dream Team: Adam Vinatieri Jersey #4

Jersey:

Adam Vinatieri’s jersey number for the Indianapolis Colts is number 4.

Position played:

Adam Vinatieri plays as a place kicker. A great place to read more information on Vinatieri is here.

What does Adam Vinatieri do in his spare time?

Believe it or not, Adam Vinatieri does have interests outside of NFL. I guess this is not hard to believe, but because it is all we hear about, it is easy to see players as one dimensional. Adam Vinatieri is a natural sportsman and so loves most things outdoors. One of the other sports he loves to do is play golf. To help him play a great game, he has a good set of clubs, the best golf rangefinder and some good quality shoes as every golfer should.

Best game moment:

With a player of Adam Vinatieri’s caliber, there have been many great moments. However, my favorite moment was when he kicked a field goal in the super bowl 36. I thought this was incredible, and I continue to watch the video online. You can see footage of the moment below.

So, what is your opinion on Adam Vinatieri?

I think we all know I am not alone in thinking Adam Vinatieri is currently one of the best NFL players. If this is not only recognizable by his performance on the field, it can be seen in his salary. He has one of the largest contracts in NFL history. He is also one of the oldest players to continue playing at the age of 43, and yet he has still had his contract renewed. This should show what a great player he is. I think it is clear to see why he is such a great player. He’s a big guy, hes’ strong and he has that familiar American family guy attitude and look. I have no doubt that our support for him is one thing that has made him such a successful player, and I know we all wish him the best in the future.

Read more about other Colts players including Andre Johnson, Winston Guy and Frank Gore.