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Rueda­Munoz 1 Alberto Rueda­Munoz Professor Malyuta Engl 1301 S.O.S. About Football A discourse community is a group of people with proficiency in a similar subject. The  group is held together by their common interest and is able to grow and thrive by the  relationships that occur between members. Joining the high school football team is no different  as its foundation focuses on being able to communicate and rely on one another. Completely  being incorporated into the football team was a long and tedious process. Showing you are the correct player for the position takes time. There are several players  vying for the same position which makes it difficult to be noticed by the coaches. If you truly  wanted to be noticed, you have to be the hardest working player out there on the field. For  example, it was two days before my first game, and I was competing with another teammate for  the starting right guard position. Throughout practice, we competed with each other, and looked  on as the other would do drills, and then try to do them better. After the drills, our coach walked  over and said he was going to have to choose the starter today for Friday’s game. He explained  to us that we were going to go one­on­one with some Oklahoma drills, which is where you have  one offensive lineman try to block one defensive linemen to allow the running back a clear lane  to run through. We did the drill, and one after the other, the starting defensive linemen came to  test us. At the end, I lost to my teammate. He had done a much better job at providing a running  lane than I did. This just shows that I didn’t have enough experience at the time, which made  Rueda­Munoz 2 sense as it was only my first week since joining the team. I used that as motivation and finally  obtained the starting position two weeks later. That experience made it clear to me that not only  do you have to demonstrate that you are the correct player for the position one day, but  throughout the whole season. Earning the respect of the players around you is one of the main components of football.  During the duration of the season, the connections between players come to fruition and grow.  As a player that joined late into the season, I was thrusted into an environment that had already  faced obstacles that I was not a part of. I was the person on the outside looking in when I first  joined, but I made sure that didn’t last. After only three weeks, I was a starter and technically a  part of the team, however it didn’t feel like it. The other starters didn’t respect me; they still saw  me as someone who took the position of their friend. This proceeded to be the feeling until one  game night. There was two minutes left in the fourth quarter and we were winning by a field  goal. All we needed to get the victory was to get a first down. Our coach called “45 blue”, which  was when the right tackle and I cleared the lane for the running back. We ran the play, but the  defensive knew exactly how to counter it. We lost a couple of yards, which made it third and  nine. Our coach called a timeout and had a discussion with the offense. He said that we were  going to run a passing play in the hopes of getting the first down; however, that meant  completing the pass. The other team had excellent defensive backs, which was going to make  that pass completion extremely difficult. Knowing this, the right tackle and I pleaded with our  coach to run the same play, however we were not convincing him in the least. Our quarterback  came to our aid and explained to our coach that he believed that the play would work as long as  we tried again. With the quarterback supporting us, our coach called S.O.S., which is an  Rueda­Munoz 3 abbreviation for “same old shit”. We ran the play again, but with a different outcome; we got the  first down. After which, we proceeded to run out the clock and win the game. That night, when  the coaches and the players put their trust in the right tackle and me, was when I finally felt as  part of the team. From that night forward, I was finally accepted by the other starters. They  began to talk to me more and I was finally able to build a friendship with some of them. The  respect of the players around you does not come easily, it must be earned. Once players are able to show their proficiency on and off the field, the younger players  begin to take notice. When we would lift weights, the younger players looked on and then tried  to mimic us. It was during these times that players like myself would have to teach them the  proper manner of lifting weights or risk them hurting themselves. This was no different during  practices. I enjoyed observing the underclassmen as they practiced; all of the effort they put in  just to make the team drove me to always continue to get better. As they motivated me, I felt as  though I owed them for that so I would occasionally mentor some of the younger offensive  linemen. I would teach them the correct stance, how to move their feet around, and mainly how  to block in general. They would learn quickly and it was great being able to see how a couple of  modifications could improve their skills substantially. We also helped guarantee that the younger players managed their time appropriately. As with any high school student, they still had classes  which they were responsible of earning a passing grade in order to play. To ensure that, the  coaches made it mandatory for all football players to attend afterschool sessions were they would do homework. During these sessions, many underclassmen would ask for assistance on  completing their homework from the upperclassmen, which we did help with. The jobs of the  Rueda­Munoz 4 upperclassmen were to not only help the younger players do better on the field, but also in the  classroom.  Many would argue that I am not truly part of this discourse community because I didn’t  continue to play in college, but I believe that’s untrue. Although I didn’t continue to play in  college, it does not take away from the fact that I still have the appropriate skills to do so if I  wished. I know the proper techniques that are required to be a proficient linemen, and the type of attitude that is required of any athlete. I might not have the size to be able to play in college, but I do hold the necessary amount of knowledge to call and recognize defensive schemes which is an  important component of maintaining a strong offensive line.  By reflecting on my experience in the discourse community of football, I am aware of the importance of ethos, logos, and pathos in everyday situations. After my experience in that  discourse community, I feel confident that I will be able to use such knowledge in the future  when the opportunity presents itself.


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