Submerged into a culture of violence

As the NFL season approached there seemed to be the gradual buildup of anticipation of how well the teams were going to do with the trading and new additions of players. However, this season there was a shift in attention. Instead of focusing in on the game and the fundamentals of each team, attention was drawn towards the violence occurring.

It’s to no surprise that when athletes conduct these acts of violence, we as a society condone such happenings. What makes it acceptable for athletes to have a “get out of jail free” card? By having this system where we excuse others’ actions there becomes this state of mind for one who begins to understand that it is morally just to continue this violence – because there are no consequences.

It is well understood that the NFL is a rigorous industry that thrives on the commitment and dedication the players bring to the field. As all sports, the NFL pushes their athletes constantly through strenuous practices to the point of exhaustion. Because this is the lifestyle the athletes chose to take part in does not mean their families chose to take part in the violence that follows, in this case domestic.

The Argonaut had the opportunity of interviewing NDNU’s very own retired NFL player, Steven Kinney, also known as Professor Kinney. Having played for the Washington Redskins as well as the Chicago Bears, he is well versed in the culture. He currently is in the English department at NDNU as well as serves as a liaison between the athletic and Faculty departments. The three questions that Professor Kinney was prompted with were as follows:

§ What was it like being in the culture (the NFL culture, that is)?

§ How has it evolved? Why do you see this occurring?

§ What can the NDNU community do on our part?

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Steven Kinney as Offensive Tackle for the Chicago Bears.
Taken from the NDNU Alumni Newsletter – Jan 2014