Geno Smith is a millennial, the generation of people born between 1980 and 2001 who irritate their elders with their empowered attitude and inability to develop thick skin. That might explain some of the reaction to him in the past two months.
This isn't a good time to be a college football coach not named Nick Saban, Les Miles, Chip Kelly or Urban Meyer. The pressure to win now has never been greater, nor has patience ever been in less supply.
Michael Vick deserves the opportunity to teach his children better than he was taught. He'll never convince all his critics that he's changed, but his actions so far have made it clear a family dog should not be a problem.
For mothers who either saw Devon Walker's injury, this incident was more than just a reminder about how dangerous football can be. It brought to surface an internal struggle of mothers everywhere: Should I let my son play football?
Evelyn Lozada is hardly a candidate for sainthood, but it was refreshing that she didn't take the customary stand-by-your-man approach after her husband, Chad Johnson, was arrested following a domestic incident.
No matter how tough or skilled an athlete is, many of them are just as insecure about their appearance as the rest of us. And it can't be easy to publicly disclose a hair transplant, like Wes Welker did this week.
Football has saved players' lives, giving them a path out of difficult circumstances. The game has shaped players into better men. Football has put many players in the position to change other people's lives.