More Than a Game

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Submitted By lukep20
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Luke Parrish
Dr. Melinda McBee
English 1301.HY7
2 November 2013
More Than a Game High school football is much more than just a game, and that is what many people do not understand. After the games people will say “It’s just a game, don’t be so hard on yourself,” but it is much more than that. Football is a way of life, especially in Texas. Football is a religion here and people take it very seriously. There is more to it than just the physical attributes needed to play. There is much more of a mental side to it as well as emotional. It is also very time consuming and many people fail to understand just how many hours’ football players and coaches put in throughout the week. The preparation starts in June the summer before the season. There are many different camps that the players need to attend if they want to get any playing time. These camps have vigorous lifting and running to try and work off the summer weight that most kids gain during high school. Many of the players are out of shape and this is the start of getting back into football shape. It is not mandatory to come to these different camps, but if a player wants to succeed and be a part of the team and get to play, it is expected to show up and put a face with a name. This is also a time when the relationships begin to build. Teammates begin to get comfortable with each other and get a grasp on what kind of player the other will be and they lay a foundation for that brotherhood that is going to become very strong the next 6 months and will stay with them for the rest of their lives. After the camps end in June, the month of July is a time for staying in shape and lifting a lot. Many of the times the leaders of the team will call workouts and lead the workouts because the coaches have restrictions for coaching in the summertime. These private team bonding workouts are yet another way for…...

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