Former NFL tight end Nate Jackson has a new book out, and the part about his time trying out for the Browns was excerpted in great detail at Clevescene.com. So yes, the final two things we're giving you today were written by football players, and both were very good. A taste:
There are thousands of George Kokinises and Eric Manginis in the football world, men who love the game but weren't good enough to play it, so they found a way to control those who are. They are trying their best to build a perfect football team, yet they're losing the perspective needed to do it. And they're polluting the stream that every football-loving child in America is drinking from. They've forgotten about the players. A coach is only as good as his team feels. And if he doesn't have their respect, what does any of it matter?
Please do have a read (warning: language).