Competition continues to be tight as the 32 NFL clubs work their way towards the first visit of the Turk after Preseason Week 3. Clubs will be reducing their rosters from 90 overall hopefuls down to a more manageable 70 leading into the final week of preparation. Frustrations, anger, disdain, and otherwise apathetic attitudes can easily permeate across social and other media spectrums and send the wrong message to the press, fans, and teammates alike.
Players need to remain focused on the task at hand; taking care what they have control over themselves. That includes their play on the field and their behavior off of it. This has been an offseason and training camp filled with what has felt like constant negative news coming from the NFL player pool.
It’s too easy to expound upon all the things that have gone wrong for a player over the past few weeks, especially if they start to see the writing on the wall. Striking out those frustrations via tweets & posts can only dig a deeper hole, not only in the eyes of the current team but also for any chances in signing on with another club. Those players secure in their roster position can get too comfortable with their comments and let their own guard down as well.
The one thing that is constant, whether the Turk knocks or not, is that social media will carry your feelings beyond a momentary lapse of judgment and or slip of the tongue. Gail Sideman of Publiside.com gives NFL players a quick “4 down” reminder (or 4 points) of how to remain classy in the face of pressure and your teammates’ performance in training camp.
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Athletes in NFL training camps: keep comments classy
Athletes competing for NFL roster spots or higher positions on the team ladder face daunting challenges in training camp. The No. 1A task that ranks next to the top priority to stay healthy, is not to make headlines for the wrong reasons.
The first thing that comes to mind in our salacious world is the dreaded off-the-field violation. However, an NFL player must consider that he can create negative publicity for himself and his team by simply saying something controversial.
What if a player is questioned by a member of the media about a teammate’s performance? What if a player is questioned by a teammate about another teammate? The short answer is to keep it simple and avoid ill will. Following are tips that NFL players may want to use when faced with these questions:
1) Be diplomatic. Even if you don’t like the color of your teammates’ socks, don’t share that. Speculating media and the public may easily make more of it and wonder what your words really mean, even if you truly just don’t like a guy’s socks. Face it – people crane their necks to see ugly. Ugly generates clicks, too.
2) Be modest. Answer a probing teammate-related question that hey, it’s training camp and everyone on the field is working to gain or regain their footing. “We are all in a learning mode at this time of the football season” is an acceptable answer.
Gail Sideman is a self-described news hound that hustles to meet the needs of an ever-changing media universe. While the way that news is delivered has changed and expanded, Sideman insists that the basics and value of a great story are as entrenched in our desire to know, as ever. Stories that people want to share and hear, she says, is why delivery speed and social media has grown so popular.