Offensive line play is a high-level skill that needs to be respected more by those involved with the craft. It’s cute to speak all of the positional jargon to make yourself sound like a true offensive line aficionado. When it’s time to really show what you’re about as a player, these are the rules we need to live by.
1. Respect the process
You live in an era where more information is available to you than ever before. Use your access. Everything about the offensive line is learned. Don’t skip elements of your growth. It will catch up to you later.
2. Respect the work
Just doing what’s required has never been good enough. This is more true than in years past.
3. Respect the skill
Offensive line is a stand-alone skill separate from any other sport, thus requiring special development and unique athletes. Think bigger of yourself.
4. Respect the past
Many great players have already come before you. If you don’t know who they are, you’re lost in the dark.
5. Respect your body
Gone are the days of being viewed as the slovenly fat guys. Fall in love with training and quality eating.
6. Respect the tribe
You’re only as successful as the players around you will allow you to be. Challenge other offensive line athletes to meet and exceed high standards.
7. Respect your career mortality
This game will end. Don’t lose perspective of the fact you’re playing a game. Understand it will all end. Your job is to build as many memories as possible. Enjoy everyday.
8. Respect the game
There is no offensive line play without the game of football. We need this game to stay healthy and evolving. Do your part to make the game better for future generations.
9. Respect the other offensive players
They may not always appreciate you, but the offensive line is a selfless position. Your job is to create a healthy environment for those guys to do their jobs. Protect and serve
10. Respect the name on the back of jersey
When it’s all boiled down, you’re a representation of your family each time you step on the field. How do you want to represent them?
The game is evolving. The thinking is elevating. The passion is escalating. Where do you fit into this movement?
A version of this blog originally appeared on LBOlinePerformance.com.