Violent Exploits

American Football was very interesting to me. The line “I wanted to be a trophy before I wanted to be a man” hits at a point seldom made in American sports. Especially at the professional level, the vast majority of team owners are white and the vast majority of players are black. The men that play for these owners are often sought after like trophies and seen as simply a means to an end.
The other aspect of this poem that I found very interesting was the usage of violence. Football is an extremely violent sport that encourages a lack of humanity. Many players struggle with having an on field persona of violence and having an off field persona of something different. I think Coleman is dead on in that many players cannot turn off their violent tendencies and open their heart to anything. The exploitation and corruption of these men is not spoken about very often but this poem does it extremley well.

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