In 2011 Jerome Harrison was in his sixth season as an NFL running back when the Lions traded him to the Eagles. The routine physical the Eagles gave him when he joined the team discovered something that shocked him: A brain tumor.
Harrison had brain surgery that left him, for a time, severely disabled. But Harrison is doing well now, and over the weekend he posted a video with an inspiring message.
[If] they let me wear my Packer stuff on the field, it’s over and done with, that’s what I always said, Beckman told Grimm. Now, I think if I was approached by the [NFL Players Association] or one of the players who kneel, I would go ahead with the case.
At a time when the NFLPA is contemplating which case(s) to go ahead with as it relates to the league’s decision to unilaterally eliminate a right to protest that the league previously had given to the players and confirmed on multiple occasions, maybe the first battle will come within the confines of Beckham’s existing lawsuit.
So, yes, he’s going to hear it. A lot. Although he seemed to handle well the foul stuff he heard on Friday night during his preseason debut, the first time won’t be the last time.
He’ll hear it from more players as he plays in more games. And he’ll hear it from fans once he leaves the friendly-as-they’ll-ever-be confines of Hamilton, where his preseason debut occurred.
Now he finds himself in a situation completely foreign to his time in Washington. Despite overtaking one-time Redskins golden boy Robert Griffin III in 2015 and leading the team to a division title while posting prolific passing statistics, Cousins never enjoyed a full embrace from his original squad. The front office questioned his worth and difference-making ability. Some teammates rallied behind Cousins, yet others always peered at him with a critical and wary eye.
The ultra-aware Cousins always understood the situation. Sure, owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen beamed and slapped him on the back when he led Washington to the playoffs. But lowball offers, lack of outward appreciation (like that frequently showered upon Griffin) and blame Cousins received for team shortcomings — as opposed to the excuses once made for RG3 — always signaled to him that the Redskins never were (nor ever would be) all-in.