NFL: How do they train their players?

Discipline: the act of training (someone) to obey rules or code of behaviors using punishment to correct disobedience.

Train: to teach a particular skill or type of behavior through practice and instruction over a period of time.


A NY Times article states, Viking’s Peterson’s charges is derived from “disciplining” his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. The police report of the action states that Peterson gave his son cuts and bruises on his back, ankles and legs with the tree branch itself. When considering the definition of the word discipline, it mentions that the act is used in order to train an individual. When you then consider the definition of train, it states that is the act used to teach a particular skill through practice. When taking Peterson’s action, as well as the definitions of these two words into consideration, it makes you ponder the success of the N.F.L player. Peterson told the police that the “whupping” was necessary because his son had pushed another one of Peterson’s children.

With this being said, I have a few questions for Peterson: When you drop a handoff from the quarterback with an attempt to run, do you get “whupped” with a tree branch? When you don’t do a sufficient job of providing pass protection for the quarterback, do you get “whupped” ? When you drop a forward pass or lateral from the quarterback or another teammate, do you get “whupped”? Without a direct answer from the N.F.L player, I’m assuming the answer is no. So, without knowing what his definition of discipline or training is, I’m assuming his success in the N.F.L did not come from getting “whupped” with a tree branch.

The news of the child’s abuse could not have come at a more inopportune time for the National Football League. Many sports fans often look up to the players of the N.F.L, which is now a concerning to acknowledge considering recent reputations. With the news of Ray Rice abusing his wife as well as the news of Peterson’s act of abuse, the N.F.L should begin reflecting on the image these players are giving off. After all, the N.F.L’s success comes directly from the action of its players.

A recent New York Times article, is quick to mention a database supported by USA Today, that shows all “arrests, charges, and citations” of N.F.L players. Within the database, you find that there are an overwhelming 713 occasions in which N.F.L players have been convicted. It is tragic that the article mentions, “The numbers show a league in which drunk-driving arrests are a continuing problem and domestic violence charges are surprisingly common.” Charges of domestic violence should never be “common”, within any organization, corporation, association, etc.

Players of the National Football League, often portray themselves as being humble, virtuous, principled people, much like any professional athlete or famous individual may do. However, the principles of these players may want to be reexamined. Using the data provided by USA Today, between the years 2000-2014, these players have been charged or cited with 202 instances of driving under the influence, 88 instances of assault and battery and 85 instances of domestic abuse. It seems to me that the N.F.L should focus more on their forms of discipline and training of morals and ethics for their players so that their organization can remain ethically stable.






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