Perhaps no other position on either side of the ball is as specialized or as important as your starting centre. A centre provides stability and unity to an offensive huddle. He is a leader in the locker room and will be the first to give his teammate a swift kick in the ass or a kind word of encouragement. His timing is impeccable and his ability to see things before they actually happen comes from an uncanny ability to analyze every defensive player's position, posture and stance. If that wasn't impressive enough, he will deliver the perfect snap while making line calls to his fellow linemen, and he will do it all within a matter of seconds.
In this, the first in our "Ode to the Fat Guys" series, we Angus Reid of the B.C. Lionstoday focus on the "big toe" of the offensive line — the centre.
At the start of every CFL season I try to give a little love to my O-linemen brothers. You would think after all these years, 2012 would be a year of enlightenment for football fans, a chance to finally see, not only are O-linemen cute and cuddly, they are also an integral part of any success an offense enjoys.
But despite this being our 100th Grey Cup season, some things never change. While we gleefully sing the praises of "skill position" players, recognizing quarterbacks, running backs and receivers as those talented athletes entrusted with "carrying the rock", making plays and scoring touchdowns, we somehow forget that behind every drop back pass, every run to day light, every over the shoulder catch, five fat guys with nasty dispositions are doing their jobs to make it all happen.
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