|Shadana running free, scoring another TD.|
I have dozens of shots of Shadana running free to the end zone while opponents give futile pursuit. Shadana is easier to say than Gauck. Announcers get lots of practice calling her name.
Runners get the glory. I was a lineman. Too big, too slow to be a runner.
I wish I could be a running back.
Be careful what you wish for.
|Runners get hit.. Hard. Sometimes with elbows. Ouch.|
That ball in your hands is like a magnet attracting tacklers. That ball gives opponents a license to hit you. Hard.
There are downsides to being a runner. First, sometimes you get caught - it is hard to run with linemen hanging on to your legs. Second, you get grounded. The ground is hard.
The dark side to all that glory. This and the next posting feature the dark side. Getting caught. Getting taken to the ground.
This posting features runners getting caught. The next will feature runners getting grounded. (Be careful what yo wish for.)
|It is difficult to run with someone hanging on to your leg.|
|Difficult to run with tacklers ganging up on you.|
|Hang on to that ball! Where are the blockers? Three against one. Not fair.|
|"In the grasp" is a common phrase in football telecasts. With two |
tacklers wrapping their arms around you you are in the grasp. You're
not going anywhere.
|More in the grasp.|
| This is how tacking should be done. Get low. Wrap arms around |
runner's legs. Shoulder to he belt buckle. No free run to the
end zone for this runner.
The recognition given the running backs is... well, earned. Viewing game photos makes clear that runners have a tough job. Sometimes they get caught. As the photos above demonstrate. Running is difficult with people hanging on to you.
Sometimes they get taken down. As the photos in my next posting will show.
Caution about that next posting: The images may be disturbing to some audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.