In the past week I've seen a lot of talk about team leaders. Talk like who is going to be one and what it takes to be one. I can only give my views on the subject and what I think a leader is.
Many fans seem to think the leaders are the team captains.
I don't think that is the case at all. Team captains are, in my view, no more than a figure head for the flip of the coin. That's when we will see all the names we are so familiar with. This years most likely captains may be QB Chad Henne and T Jake Long on offense. On defense the captains will probably be SS Yeremiah Bell and LB Karlos Dansby. Special teams would most likely be awarded to K Dan Carpenter. Those will be the most noticeable names and fan favorites.
The media constantly tries to anoint leadership to a name brand player or name brand players. But really, the players are the one who choose their leaders. Leaders can come from any part of the team, and they can even be a bench player. It could be a guy that doesn't have great speed or that extra gear, so to speak. That leader may play only a few plays a game, but he brings with him that extra something that other players look up to and want to follow.
What ever the case may be, leaders are not chosen by outsiders. I doubt we know who they are usually, unless somebody from the team flat out says so.
Let me know what you guys think: do you think that the Team Captains are chosen because they are the leaders on their teams or just simply figure heads for fans?
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