I won't mince words here, as I am more of a creeper on this site than a regular commenter, but I felt the need to call out the Bengals organization and NFL. You see, I just read a couple of articles, the first put out by Yahoo! Sports and the other by the Cincinnati Enquirer, and felt a frustration with the entire system and couldn't sit idly by without voicing my frustration. And honestly, I have it easy compared to some folks, such as Reggie Williams. The reason I say this is that the articles I just read were about former Bengals Linebacker Reggie Williams fight to avoid amputation of his right leg due to 25 surgeries and countless complications with his knee.
Now, obviously I am simply reacting to a couple of articles littered with bias and only showing one side of the story. But, it really seems like the Bengals and NFL dropped the ball here in showing how much they care about their players. For those that don't know, Williams was a starting Linebacker for the Superbowl Bengals teams during the 1980's. Appearing in 206 games from 1976 to 1989, he holds just about every team record for his position. So, it isn't like he was a practice squad player that is scrambling for a cash grab. He is someone who gave this team all he had, and then was dropped hard when he needed them to reciprocate.
The beauty of Williams' story is that financial support is quite possibly the last thing he wants. Though he is paying most of his medical expenses out of pocket, the thing the man wants most is simply support, understanding, and recognition. And this is something that Cincinnati Football has never done well. The man is a forgotten warrior, struggling every day to not loose a part of his body, and yet few of us know his story. Few of us know that he was a pallbearer for the late Paul Brown. Few of us know that he worked as a Vice President for the Disney corporation and was a driving force behind the building of the World of Sports facilities in Orlando until his medical condition forced him to retire. Few of us even recall all that he did for Cincinnati sports and Cincinnati by being immensely involved in the community itself two decades ago.
No, Reggie Williams has been sidelined at a time when he is most deserving of being praised. He is a worthy individual of our support. I admire his courage and dedication, and I hope, somehow, that the Bengals, NFL, and Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky come to this realization as well and give him his due.
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