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Linemen need love, too

Aidan Higgins
The linemen for the Rangers line up against Colstrip on senior night. Dossie Etheridge, number 71, is on the left of the photo.

All of my life I have been a lineman: always blocking, making the big plays happen, but never getting the love and recognition they deserve. Everybody always points fingers and praises the skilled players and the quarterback for being football’s most important group, but that is not entirely true.
Throughout my entire life, I’ve always been a lineman. I’ve always been down in the trenches. This might be the reason why I’m writing this in the first place. Lineman are almost too far down in the trenches and get overlooked. Not once have I ever had a story written about me, not once have I seen my pictures of me up on the wall in school, and not once have I seen myself in a news article for an interview after a game. Everyone always has cool and awesome pictures of them, pictures to show their kids and family, and yet, I have none.
Linemen always put in the work to give the skilled players the time to make all of the big plays that everyone looks at and praises. A football fact is that the play does not start without the line. This being said, why do linemen not get the love and recognition I’m fighting so hard to get? Although my lineman days are over, I still feel that they need more recognition and praise, just enough to get a smile on their face instead of never hearing anything good and getting the short straw.

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