The No Fun League has no heart

October 22, 2015





Sports Editor | mvv002@latech.edu


The National Football League is one of the largest and most profitable sports leagues in the world.


That being said, it’s understandable that the league has rules in place to make its teams and players look professional on a weekly basis.


The NFL has taken this self-preservation to the extreme though.


There is little personal expression when it comes to an NFL player’s uniform. The only exceptions to this rule come when the league can make a profit.


October is breast cancer awareness month and the NFL looks to capitalize on it every year with truckloads of pink accented gear that players can wear during October only.


DeAngelo Williams of the Pittsburgh Steelers has starred in many commercials to raise awareness for breast cancer after losing his mom to the disease last year.


Unfortunately, when Williams asked to wear some pink every week to honor his late mother, they threatened to fine him.


Cam Heyward, Williams’ teammate, was actually fined for having a tribute on his eye black for his father and former NFL player, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, who passed away due to brain cancer.


You read that right. His eye black. Something that small earned Heyward thousands of dollars of fines.


What’s curious though, is that Devon Still, a former player for the Bengals, wore Leah Strong on his eye black last year without being fined to honor his daughter and her fight with cancer.


Heyward simply wants to do the same thing for his dad. The only problem for Heyward is that his tribute isn’t profitable.


Still probably didn’t receive any fines because the NFL was getting tons of positive media coverage nationally and were selling crazy amounts of gear thanks to it. Of course, some of the profit went to charity, but most of it reportedly stayed with the NFL.


The NFL is all about helping with a good cause, but only when it benefits them.


Matt Valcho is a junior journalism major from Benton who serves as sports editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mvv002@latech.edu.


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