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Ode to the Offensive Lineman

(Debbie Christiansen)

School begins, football starts and fall is in the air.
The papers cover local teams to tell us how they'll fare.
Quarterbacks and halfbacks, a running back or two;
safety, ends and kickers, throw in some linemen too.

Every mother smiles to see her young son's name in print.
"He's bound to be a starter!" In Dad's eye there is a glint.
So the first game comes along--my son, he's on the line.
"Dive right," "cut block," "quarterback sneak,"he's in there every time.

We have the plays, players too, everybody reasons.
This is the year, there's no doubt, we'll have a winning season.
The paper lauds the quarterback, his passes are supreme.
The wide receiver, there's a guy--the fastest that we've seen.

Did you see the many yards gained by the running back?
And no one ever will forget the defense on the sack.
The linemen on the defense are listed one by one.
Numbering every tackle in the game they won.

And so on down the list of plays and scores until they're done.
But--wait a minute! His name's not there--I cannot find my son!
"Did you do your part?" I ask. "Tell me son, did you play well?"
"I am an offensive linemen--there is no more to tell."

And so to offensive linemen--this ode to you I write.
Who takes your place upon the line and blocks with all your might?
Who gives the quarterback the time to throw the perfect pass,
and makes the hole for the running back to leave 'em in the grass?

You give the kicker what he needs the extra point to score.
You block and fall and push and shove, and come right back for more.
They do not keep the stats on you, your name's not up in lights.
Without you, well--the quarterback is just a guy in tights!

"I am an offensive lineman--there's no more to my story."
To offensive linemen everywhere, honor, laud and glory!

I am an Offensive Lineman

I am an offensive lineman
You will not see my picture on posters in young boy's rooms.
You will not see boys wearing my number on replica jerseys.
I am an offensive lineman.

If I do my job, you will hear the crowd cheer
for the man carrying the ball.
You will be amazed at the statistics
my quarterback and running backs achieve.
My team will be successful. If I don't do my job,
you will hear my coach complain to me.
You will hear fans complain about
my poor effort and lack of ability.
My team will fail.
I am an offensive lineman.

I am part of a corp of dedicated athletes.
Practice is harder for me.
Sprints are not easy for me like those of swift feet.
Conditioning asks more of me than those who touch the ball.
I do not complain.
It is my back on which the team depends.
I must work harder--I have more responsibility.
I am an offensive lineman.

I do not play a talent position.
I play a skill position.
Talent players see their names in the paper.
'The line did a great job tonight'
the talented player says in the paper.
You see, I have no name.
I am an offensive lineman.

I hold no grudge for the accolades given to my backs.
They are my teammates.
Their achievement is my reward.
I am a member of a corp of dedicated athletes.

I do not thrive on personal praise, glory or recognition.
I am satisfied with the companionship, loyalty
and cooperation of my fellow offensive linemen.
Achieving honor together is greater
than anything I can accomplish myself.
I am proud of the job I do and I am proud of the job WE do.
What others do for personal glory I do for my team's triumph.
I'll never complain.
I will endure whatever is necessary so that
My team, My school and My community will be celebrated.
I am an offensive lineman

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B-ball/believe in yourself
G-goal post/games/glory
I-I love football
N-no regrets/noise
Q-never quit
S-score/stadium/starting line-up/special teams
Z-zzz's(only after a good game)

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