A quarterback dies twice.
In reality though, all professional athletes die twice.
Once when they are too old to play competitively, and again with the rest of us.
How do you handle yourself when you are no longer able to compete in the thing you love the most?
How do you deal with aging out of your vocation at the age of 36?
Any professional athlete not preparing for this from day one is doing themselves a disservice.
You are doing yourself a disservice by not preparing too.
How else does the quarterback represent us? He shows us how to deal with old age and death, for the pro athlete must get old when he is young, must lose all he has trained for and dreamed about for years and then lose everything else. In other words, the quarterback dies twice.
-Rich Cohen, Monsters
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