The NFL and the presidential election

Politics in the middle of an NFL season may not be the first thing on the minds of the players and coaches of the National Football League, but several players actually pay close attention to the race between Barack Obama and John McCain. Less than a week until election day, I thought I’d go ahead and bring up the odd combination of football and politics.

I went digging for a story that somehow connects the upcoming election with football, and I found a story by Joseph White, an AP Sports Writer. A few weeks ago, White wrote a story detailing the stands of players across the NFL .

Redskins veteran Philip Daniels explained how he was on the fence regarding who to vote for. He first explained that both democrats and republicans would help him out. In the end, he came up with this:

"I used to be a Republican," Daniels said. "I wanted Bush in there. The previous years I’ve been Republican because of what we make, but this year’s a little bit different. I think this year more guys are not even thinking about the income part of it. They’re just really thinking about the economy and the country. A lot of people want change."

In New Orleans, the Saints seem to put quite a bit of time aside to talk politics.

"We spend an hour a day talking about this exact subject — in meetings, on the plane, in the locker room," New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita said. "I think it’s just because there’s a new interest in politics this campaign season, more than there’s ever been as long as I’ve been following it."

Redskins player Ethan Albright explained that he supports McCain because he won’t be raising taxes. Jeff Feagles, one of the best in the business when it comes to punting,  agreed with Albright and expressed his concern with Obama.

"He is going to tax the wealthy, which is what we are," said Feagles. "We are in that category. You look at those kinds of implications, and I hate using that word, it will affect us."

Finally, Giants’ defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka expressed his opinion.

"It’s insulting to think you would vote based on how it affects you financially," Kiwanuka said. "I had that conversation even before I got my signing bonus. It’s a matter of general policy and what you believe in and what that person stands for. … When you look at it, I spent the majority of my life with an average upbringing to say the least, and that has shaped how I vote a lot more than the last couple of years living this lifestyle."

With the shadow of election day growing every second, the candidates are scrambing to add the final pieces to the puzzle. I am voting for John McCain. I think McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, is very smart and knows what she is doing. Several Obama supporters enjoy criticizing Palin by trying to say that she lacks experience. Just a news flash toward Obama supporters: Obama is only a junior senator. How could you criticize Palin when Obama is a rookie? In the end, John McCain has much more experience than Obama.

I’m with old man Jeff Feagles on this one!


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