The football tape I want my kids to see

Tomorrow morning, when they wake up, I’m going to show my children a single video clip from today’s football action.

It’s the one above.

Before a few hours ago, I’d never heard of Brandon Bostick.

He’s now, in my eyes, a hero.

It’s easy to talk when you win. When you lead. When we dazzle. In the Seahawks locker room, there were no goats and no failures. Everyone was available and jovial, because a glow accompanied every word and phrase. Why not be happy? The Super Bowl awaits.

The Packers locker room, however, was silent. That’s the scene after a crushing loss. Heads down, words soft. Oftentimes, those perceived to be goats hide in the back, waiting and waiting and waiting for the assembled media to exit. We’ve all seen it 1,000 times before, and while it’s not ideal, it’s understandable.

Brandon Bostick, 25 and new to any sort of spotlight, did not hide. He took every question, and accepted full blame. He stood there, heartbroken and embarrassed, and refused to walk away. Or raise his voice. Or cower. He did what professionals are supposed to do—but often don’t.

People have suggested that, thanks to the dropped onside kick, he’ll be out of work.

Maybe so.

But if character truly matters, he’ll be signed in a second.

2 thoughts on “The football tape I want my kids to see”

  1. I always hated Alexei Ovechkin, because he talked and acted like a punk. Then, after Russian hockey’s crushing, nationally embarrassing failure at the Sochi Olympics, Ovechkin distinguished himself by being the only Russian team member to stay outside the locker room and face the music, answering any and all questions calmly and rationally. I value grace during the worst of setbacks, and Ovechkin showed that kind of grace and humanity at what surely must have been the lowest point of his professional career. I’m still not his fan, but I’ll always mark that performance at the post-defeat presser in his “plus” column.

  2. If the Packers organization had any class and decency, someone (with a face and a name and the authority) should publicly admit that Brandon Bostick did not lose the game. The Packers had ample opportunities to win this game easily before the onside kick, and had numerous opportunities after the kick to stop Seattle and still win the game. That they failed to do either is fact.

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