As a good follow up to discussions in this thread: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/michigan-man-jason-avant-acting-partpeter-king-article-nfl-standards where Peter King quotes Jason Avant on behavior in NFL locker rooms, Jason wrote his own article for Peter's site the MMQB:
I wonder if Michigan Football has more of an "orientation" for freshmen now than they did back when Jason started, but this is an interesting read none the less:
I began playing football my sophomore year of high school in Chicago. I got pretty good pretty quickly, and by senior year I was the top recruit in the state of Illinois. That’s when I noticed people started treating me differently. One day I was just a regular person. Now I was kind of given this position of power. Students, staff members and teachers looked at me in a different way. They kind of winked at my mistakes, instead of trying to correct me. That’s part of the problem: too much empowerment without proving we’ve earned it. A lot of players aren’t used to being held accountable. The other part is of the problem is a lack of education about diversity and tolerance.
I think back to my freshman year at Michigan, and what it’s like at pretty much any college program. In high school you’re with kids from the same town who are a lot like you. In college all of the sudden your locker room is filled with guys from every background—a guy from inner-city Bronx, another one from the backwoods of Iowa, a guy whose parents were nourishing, a guy with gang issues, a guy who is very religious. You put us all in the locker room and expect us to get along with each other. Yet there’s no orientation, and barely any discussion of it. That’s why a lot of times you see the black kids sitting on one end of the lunch room and the white kids on the other.
I generally avoid thinking about "the Horror", as well as all things related thereto, but this was a fun story to come across in this morning's Freep (which forwards to this Fredericksburg.com story):
Kerry "Brown, a rookie offensive lineman, attended Appalachian State ... This week, Brown is among a slew of [Redskin] roster hopefuls who might as well be called hair because there is a good chance they will be cut."
I walked over and introduced myself, but when I extended my hand, I noticed his were both holding helmets.
"This one's Jon Jansen's," Brown said, referring to the Redskins' veteran tackle who is a--gulp--Michigan alum. "He came over to me and said, 'Hey, rook. Carry my helmet. Where's Appalachian State now?'"
After the morning practice, Jansen strolled into the training facility with both hands free.
"It's great to have Kerry here," Jansen said. "I don't like carrying my helmet."