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Dhani Jones gives Rugby a try. Why not?

When you generalize a football player, specifically an NFL linebacker, you think of Alvin Mack saying in the huddle, let's "open up a can of kick ass and kill 'em all, let the paramedics sort 'em out". Or saying hit "the tight end so hard his girlfriend dies" while reviewing his responsibilities for the next opponent. Linebackers are the guys with a bad attitude that defines a football player.

Then you have a guy like Dhani Jones who listens to classical music, travels the world learning cultures and rides his bike into work because he's concerned about global warming. Dude doesn't worry about tomorrow, just enjoys today.

To say that Dhani Jones is the mold of a different character, would be a bigger understatement than saying Carson Palmer is modest.

Keeping things interesting, Jones is giving Rugby a whirl.

The 29-year-old from Potomac will have had three rugby training sessions at Blackheath’s Rectory Field before Saturday, and also paid a visit to Leicester’s Premiership match against Newcastle last weekend, when he was hosted by former Tigers and England stars, Martin Johnson – a huge NFL fan – and Austin Healey.

Some aren't so sure about the idea. Personally, I say go for it. First of all, he's not signed with the Bengals next year. It's just as likely that he'll be with another NFL team than it is with the Bengals. And since Dhani Jones hasn't showed overwhelming concern about money -- not even sure he's getting paid -- he's probably doing this for the experience. Live now, he says. Why not?

As a side note, check out Mark Curnutte's blog and the anonymous comments. Classy.