This morning I was listening to a sports show and the guys were talking about how someone recently made a comment about how if you never played the game of football, you would never understand it.  I thought they [ the guys on the radio ] said it was RGlll who made the comment, but I wanted to be sure, so I tweeted to @FSDaybreak and asked them to clarify. 

In response, the producer of the show was kind enough to share an article with me that  that included a quote where he said, 'if a person never played football, that person would never be able to understand football.'  The article by Jason Rowan [ @WeedVsSpeed, great twitter handle, I won't ask ] dated December 5, 2013, is entitled "RG3 played the 'People who don't play football don't understand football." card. 

So what do you think?  Well, before answering that take a look at the article and see what it was about.  It's important to be sure to have the right context sometimes.  Yet, it's sort of hard to take this comment out of context.  I mean he pretty much said it, and what else could he have meant?  He was being asked a questions about whether he thought the team should bench him, in favor of Kirk Cousins, because maybe this would allow him to heal.  Well, what an interested question, no?  Was the reporter being genuine, did he really want to know this, or was he trying to say, "You suck, and should be benched." Now, who knows.  So was RGlll responding in kind with an insult, that you could never pin on him? 

RGlll could have answered the question with a "Yes" or "No" answer but he didn't.  He went on and on about their record, how you always have something to play for regardless of your record, and ya da ya da ya da but it was all good, but he didn't answer the question.  He might be able to be a good politician someday, cause try as I might, I do not see where he answered the question.

Okay, so feel free.  Of course, I think that there is some truth to it.  I've never played football and I can't say I know what it's like to play the game.  Yet, that doesn't mean I'm a moron and that I can't have an idea of the fundamentals involved.  I've also never been a radio host, or a shoe salesman but it doesn't mean I don't have any idea of what might be involved.  Actually that's not true, I did work at a small boutique once and so I did sell shoes.  Oh my God, if you've never sold shoes before you would never understand what I went through.  So many feet.  It was unbelievable.  People coming in and asking for this size and that size, and then they would just leave the boxes, and be so well you 'get it' so there you go.  Now do you think you could ever really understand what I went through, or must you go out and get a job and actually have first hand experience.

Let's say I said you will never know what it's like to be the target of racism.  Well, some people think if you're not black you would never know or understand it.  What about if I said you'd never understand child birth or facing an unwanted pregnancy.  Of course, you will have different experiences if you have first hand knowledge, and maybe that's what he should have said.  Yet, to say someone can't understand something because they never did it, it really a somewhat ignorant comment.  You don't need to do something to understand it, but I will suggest you understand it better, having done it.  You won't get any argument from me there.
 

Of course, it's understandable how a comment like this could ignite a debate, and perhaps RGlll intended to do that, or really believes that.  Who knows anymore when an athlete throws something out there in a press conference if they are just trying to draw attention to an issue, or if what they are saying is coming from their heart.  It's hard to tell, that's for sure.