The recent Antonio Brown episode brought to mind this question that's been percolating in the back of my mind for a few years. It seems to me that most of the selfish attitudes that we see in pro football are displayed in the wide-out position. I have no studies or data to back this up, just seeing what's reported in the news. My question is two-fold: a) is this observation correct, or is it skewed reporting that makes it seem so; b) if it is correct, is it a case of the position attracting people with these attitudes, or does something about the position foster these tendencies?
It's my belief that the more one is removed from directly perceptible reliance on teammates (eg, each lineman sees how the other linemen support or detract from his own success, the qb sees how the linemen and rbs protect him, whereas the receiver sees himself running routes against a couple dbs) the more one sees success as a result of one's own skills and merits, and less as the result of a whole team effort.