Shifting the social media discussion back to the players, this is a critical week for many professional aspirations from Seattle to Miami, Minnesota to Houston. NFL rosters will be radically reduced from 75 to 53 in just a few day short days, then the long journey to New York and Super Bowl XLVIII begins.
Hopes may be dashed and some dreams may feel smashed, but a player responds to this setback will certainly play into whether or not he’s prepared to grasp a second chance. NFL players must keep at the forefront of their thoughts the skills and abilities that got to this point in the first place. Only a limited number are allowed to make it to the starting gate, but this marathon isn’t finished by those that started it. Players will be called back and their readiness will be vital to teams looking to play through injuries and permanent loss of players as the weeks progress.
A player’s overall mental attitude and positive outlook will go far in creating opportunity, so be very careful how you might respond when things seem to have sunk to their lowest. Here are some helpful tips to keeping that positive message out in the social media stratus.
The Football Educator
You didn’t make the NFL cut and you’re ticked
by Gail Sideman – Publiside.com
No one can blame you. You’ve just spent the last six weeks working out in an NFL training camp trying to earn a coveted roster spot. You dreamt of playing pro football since you were a kid; there were hours of conditioning, missed family events and nights out with the guys because you were training. Suddenly, like a punch in the gut, you’ve been told to report to the coach’s office with your playbook.
Your emotions run between being emotionally upset and angry.
The fact is, your NFL career may not be over, and your response and attitude going forward could play a part in whether another team or even the one that just cut you, invites you for another try.
Whatever you do, Mr. NFL athlete without a team, don’t whine!
That’s tops in the “do not” list. Others:
• Don’t suggest that the reason you got cut was because a coach didn’t like you.
• Don’t blame teammates or others working toward the same roster spot for your inability to earn a job.
• You might have sustained an injury. So did dozens of others. You may be understandably disappointed, but don’t let it make you bitter about the resulting cut. Hopefully your injury will heal and you’ll be in the mix for another NFL team in the future.
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.