A strong tackle takes a ball-carrier to the ground hard.
Help your opponent up.
A quarterback gets hit late, drawing a yellow flag and an automatic first down.
Acknowledge the penalty.
A hard-fought game ends following an afternoon of shifting momentum and lead changes.
Line up and shake hands.
Sportsmanship, fair play and respect for your opponent are qualities inherent to the way football is taught at the youngest levels and should not get lost in the desire to win.
This story first appeared in the February 2012 USA Football Magazine.
By now you’ve probably begun to think about the 2012 season and identified what areas your team needs to improve on. If so, you’re well ahead of the game, and the entire team will benefit from the work you are putting in now.
Super Bowl XLVI is in the books. The NFL season is over. Fans have resigned themselves to the four-month wait until training camps appear on the horizon.
For the 328 athletes arriving in Indianapolis this week, though, their pro football career is just starting to dawn.
The NFL Combine provides the first opportunity for former college standouts to showcase themselves for NFL coaches and general managers.
David Wilson has worked too long to reach the NFL to slow down now.