Originally written September 10, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Every professional athlete is supposed to lead to some extent, but no position in sports requires leadership as explicitly as the NFL quarterback. You're orchestrating the offense, calling plays in the huddle, and generally the most visible member of your squad. Before it was co-opted by Gregg Williams, the quote "Kill the head and the body will die" -- or else, "Kill the body and the head will die," as Hunter S. Thompson had it -- applied in no better way than when referring to the quarterback of a football team; without one, your squad's best hope was to survive. And so, establishing this -- if I want my football team to win games, I want my quarterback to lead my football team -- another fact should follow: every NFL quarterback must be one of his team's captains. Right? Not right. Around the Bucs-Jets game Sunday, much was made of Josh Freeman's "C"-less jersey, all the more because Freeman used to be a Bucs captain, but hadn'...
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