Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Just watch one quarter of a football game and you’re more likely than not to see somebody limping off the field with an injury. If you watch long enough, you’re bound to see someone who can’t even leave the field on their own without help from fellow players, or worse, a stretcher.
Sometimes due to team allegiances and fantasy football ramifications and other frivolous things we can forget the human factor that goes along with these injuries. For example, what it’s like to watch someone you love play a game that’s as vicious as football.
On Tuesday, Brandon Marshall, one of the hosts of Showtime’s Inside The NFL, brought his wife, Michi, onto the show where she discussed what it’s like for her and other NFL wives to watch the men they love battle on the football field during games.
Here’s what she had to say, courtesy of CBSSports,com.
“What people don’t understand is when I’m watching the game, it’s like watching him get into a car accident every 10 minutes. I don’t know what the outcome’s going to be until I see him get back up again. And so that is gut-wrenching for me in the stands watching.”
She also spoke about the dehumanization of the athletes we watch on the field and the fact that to her and her family.
“I mean at the end of the day this is Brandon. It’s not No. 15 in our home. He’s Brandon Marshall in our home and he’s a man. And a lot of people see football players as super heroes, which they are, but they’re also men. And he comes home and he’s a husband. He’s a father. He’s a friend. He’s a son. He’s a brother. So there’s all these different hats that he wears. The football doesn’t define him.”
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for any of his other three teams.