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Who in their right mind would want to be an offensive lineman?
unless you know what you're looking at,Authentic Max Tuerk Jersey,They're battering rams. They're the biggest guys on the field. And,Authentic Denzel Perryman Jersey, it all looks pretty brainless.
" former NFL center Nick Hardwick said. "What I think is when most people think of the offensive line,"Battering ram or brute? That's a really nice way of putting it,womens Craig Mager Jersey, they just think it's a huge fat guy who stands in the way and runs into other fat guys."
While there's some truth in that _ NFL offensive linemen are almost always on the plus side of 300 pounds _ there is also much more to it.
"It takes somebody special to want to do a job that's thankless and that involves donating a significant portion of your body to get the ball to move three yards forward or to protect somebody else,womens Dan Feeney Jersey," Hardwick said. "You have a lot of very smart guys and you have a lot of very caring guys in that room."
as a general rule,In fact they might be,Authentic Forrest Lamp Jersey, the smartest in an NFL locker room.
who won the Super Bowl as the coach of the Baltimore Ravens in 2001,Authentic Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey,Brian Billick, said the offensive linemen are definitely different from the other players.
" Billick joked. "They're going to complain and get in their knitting circle and (say) 'We're not running enough' this,"They're not meatheads. They're a bunch of old women is what they are, that and the other.
"As a whole, they're probably the brightest position group on the team."
They'll acknowledge they're different. Offensive lineman are the only players who never get to tackle or touch the football. They rarely get attention from fans or the media. And, they probably didn't grow up with dreams about blocking for quarterbacks and running backs.
you have an aggressive streak about you,"It's fair to say it. Incredibly fair to say that, laughing. "But you get in where you fit in. You love the game," Hardwick said, it's a great outlet and you're willing to do whatever it takes just to be a part of the team."
Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung, who was named to the Pro Bowl this week, didn't even want to play football when he was growing up.
"I was actually forced into football. I grew up this complete nerd. I loved art. I loved computers," Okung said. "Really, I loved all things that weren't football. My mom said, 'Hey ... I want to make sure you're going to be a man.' So, she threw me into football to get disciplined and for character development and integrity stuff.
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While the league is full of stories about quarterbacks growing up idolizing Joe Montana,womens Max Tuerk Jersey,Authentic Craig Mager Jersey, Troy Aikman and Michael Vick, Okung said the linemen he's played alongside all had different interests.
Instead of pouring through books and magazines about football greats,Authentic Mike Williams Jersey,womensv Denzel Perryman Jersey, Okung spent his time wondering about ancient civilizations and Alexander the Great.
"Most guys I know,womens Mike Williams Jersey,womens Forrest Lamp Jersey, when we sit down and have conversations, we talk world events. We talk politics. Rarely do we talk about football outside of game plans and issues like that,womens Rayshawn Jenkins Jersey, Okung said.
"Four or five years ago, I went out and ran with the bulls. And, I was so surprised that only the offensive linemen would know about it. I would tell the (defensive backs) and other guys, and they had no idea what I was talking about."
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"If you heard anyone talking about it," Okung said, "it's because I brought it up."Authentic Dan Feeney Jersey
The demands of the position require players to look at the defense and try to figure what they're going to do. They have to process all this while matching up with some of the best athletes in the world.
"I like to say we're the most athletic guys on the field. In my situation, my job is to stay in front of him and keep him off the quarterback., you're playing a guy who runs a 4.4 (40-yard dash), who lifts all the weight in the world, jumps a 40-inch vertical," Okung said. "And, my job is to stay in front of this guy? Whether he spins or uses power
" ... But I was coding when I was a teenager. Learning concepts wasn't a hard thing for me."