Letter Rewrite Exercise
“VIRTUALLY every single player in the N.F.L. has a certifiable need for medical marijuana.” This is the arguement made by Nate Jackson, author of both “Slow Getting Up: A Story of N.F.L. Survival From the Bottom of the Pile” and a recent article posted in the New York Times. In Jackson’s article he argues that marijuana (medicinal or non-medicinal) should be allowed in the N.F.L. due to its medicating effects. As a diehard N.F.L. fan, I recognize the dangers of allowing proffesional football players to work under the influence of marijuana. If this is allowed profesional athletes will no longer be seen as positive role models, nor will they be able to compete with a full understanding of there phyical abilities, leading to more sports injuries.
Growing up in South Jersey, the Philadelphia Eagles have been and still are a big influence in my life. As a child, I looked up to athletes like Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins. Luckily for me, these athletes were positive role models, not just on the field but also in their off field activity. Children today see their favorite N.F.L. athletes and aspire to be like them in every way possible. If marijuana use is allowed within the N.F.L., children will begin to believe that marijuana will make them popular like the stars on the field, or that the drug will give them an athletic boost when playing sports. This type of exposure doesn’t only have a negative influence on society’s youth, but also on the N.F.L., as the league will be seen as an encourager of illegal drug use at the highest level of competition.
In Jackson’s article, he compares the use of marijuana to the use of painkillers. Jackson writes: “The policy reflects outdated views on marijuana and pain management, punishes players who seek an alternative to painkillers, keeps them in a perpetual state of injury and injury management, and risks creating new addicts.” With this quote, Jackson states that painkillers keep players in a perpetual state of injury and risk creating new addicts. What Jackson fails to realize is that marijuana users will fall under the same perpetual state of injury; This is because these players will compete with a blurred view of their physical ability and a momentarily higher pain tolerance. Another problem is that most marijuana users are self-prescribed, where painkillers are handed out by physicians and have a recomended dosage. Therefore, it would be the players job to determine how high to get before each game.
In conclusion, allowing N.F.L. players to self medicate themselves with marijuana would be a negative to the players, fans, and N.F.L. as a whole. Players would over-estimate their athletic abilities due to the effects of marijauna, causing an increase in injuries. America’s youth would begin consuming more marijuana as they aspire to be more like their favorite athletes and gain competitive advantages on the field. The N.F.L. would recieve a backlash of negative feedback from an upset older generation for allowing their athletes to self-medicate themselves with marijuana. The N.F.L. should not encourage drug use among the admired athletes within the league.
“VIRTUALLY every single player in the NFL has a certifiable need for medical marijuana,” says Nate Jackson, in his New York Times article, “The NFL’s Absurd Marijuana Policy.” The author of “Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival From the Bottom of the Pile” argues that pro football players should be permitted to medicate themselves with marijuana. As a diehard NFL fan, I object that professional athletes will no longer be seen as positive role models, nor will they be able to safely compete, if they’re playing high.
Growing up in South Jersey, I was influenced by Philadelphia Eagles like Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins. Lucky for me, my role models were model citizens, not just accomplished athletes. Children always emulate their favorite athletes. If they’re known to be smoking weed, marijuana will seem like a shortcut to popularity or even athletic success. The NFL can do without this sort of image change too. Does it want to be seen as encouraging illegal drug use at the highest level of sports competition?
Jackson compares the use of marijuana to the use of painkillers. He writes: “The policy reflects outdated views on marijuana and pain management, punishes players who seek an alternative to painkillers, keeps them in a perpetual state of injury and injury management, and risks creating new addicts.” But marijuana users will be equally likely to injure themselves if they play without pain, and who’s to say they won’t become addicted to the sense of well-being and enhanced ability? Furthermore, self-prescribed marijuana users will not received medical guidance about the correct dose for their “medication.”
In conclusion, allowing NFL players to self medicate will harm the players, the fans, and the league. Players would be more often injured, impressionable youth would take up marijuana, and the NFL would incur the wrath of an older generation of fans disappointed in the decline of moral values. The NFL should resist the use of illegal drugs by its players.
Nate Jackson would encourage the medicinal use of marijuana by NFL players because “Virtually every single player in the NFL has a certifiable need for medical marijuana” The author of Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival From the Bottom of the Pile believes the NFL’s current policy of suspending players who test positive for marijuana use is absurd. As a diehard NFL fan, I object that professional athletes will no longer be seen as positive role models, nor will they be able to safely compete, if they’re playing high.
As a child, I was lucky to have model citizens like Philadelphia Eagles Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins to emulate. Tomorrow’s youth will be likely to think smoking weed is a shortcut to popularity or even athletic success if the league relaxes its policy. Does the NFL want to be seen as encouraging illegal drug use at the highest level of sports competition?
Jackson’s comparison of marijuana to prescription painkillers misses an important point: tokers will be just as likely to injure themselves if they play without pain, especially so if being high makes them feel invulnerable. And nobody knows how to safely dose with marijuana.
Along with the injuries and the negative influence on kids, the NFL would incur the wrath of fans disappointed in the decline of moral values. It’s Jackson’s proposal, not the league’s current policy, that is absurd.
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