Jerry Sandusky: How Could This Happen within the Football Fraternity?
Like everyone else, I was horrified to learn the alleged details about Jerry Sandusky. I really don't want to get into the details of the case, but what really bothers me is that it happened within the football world. If football people could be trusted to do anything right, I thought they could be trusted to protect the young men in their care. The fact that so many "football people" had knowledge of what happened in this case and not one of them did anything about it, is beyond my comprehension. Football coaches develop young boys into young men. That is job one for almost every coach I know, especially those at the youth level. It would absolutely break my heart if one parent of one kid that I have coached thought that I did anything but my very best to develop their son as a man. The idea that a "football person" could destroy a young boy, and other "football people" could learn of those actions and do nothing about it has left me shaken.
I hope if nothing else comes from this tragedy it is the lesson learned that a failure to act in an abuse case only leads to more abuse. I'm sure it would have been painful for those coaches to turn Jerry Sandusky over to the authorities, he was a friend and a colleague, but their failure act not only destroyed the life of that child, but who knows how many others after that. I have been around the game my entire life, I truly consider this to be the games' darkest day.