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College football provides the world with entertainment on Saturdays that can’t be match. It shows us the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. Michigan receiver Ronnie Bell found that out the hard way. Michigan’s comeback bid fell short when Belldropped a Shea Patterson pass in the endzone on 4th-and-goal. That should have been the end of it, but the drama apparently was only beginning. ABC’s camera crew fixated on Bell on the sideline, with tears running down his face. No one felt worse than himafter that play, but the worst in humanity came out to make things worse.
The worst of college football
College football players receive more scrutiny than any other student on campus. Not only must they keep their grades up, but they must perform well in games too. Big schools like Michigan grace tv screens everywhere, connecting fans all across thecountry. Unfortunately, it exposes them to criticism as well. In a world where people can hide behind a Twitter profile without repercussions, and it’s the worst part about the sport.
Anyone in Ronnie Bell’s situation would feel terrible. Dropping a potential tying touchdown in a huge game is devastating to anyone. Fans who don’t know anything about the sophomore decided to let him know how they felt via social media. One alumnieven emailed Bell directly, telling him to “please quit the team” along with a few other choice words. If you’re one of those people, you suck. The result literally doesn’t have any affect on your life whatsoever. People who decide that something so insignificantin life like a game warrants a hateful response to a player who feels awful about what happened. Fortunately, it also brings out the best in others. Bell’s teammates, as well as two big time college football personalities came to defend him.
If you’re attacking an 18-22 year old because your feelings got hurt, go find something else to do. There’s no need for that. We saw Bell’s emotion on the sidelines, so it’s not like he’s unaware of the significance of the play. No one (and I can’temphasize this enough) feels worse than he does, but one play won’t define his career. If anything, he’s just getting started.
A bright future for Ronnie Bell
It’s tough to find positives surrounding the Michigan Wolverines football team right now. Ronnie Bell’s drop can be seen as another negative to add to the list, but his story is actually a positive one. He’s currently Michigan’s leading receiver this season,so if anyone deserves to have a drop, it’s him. The fact that he’s Shea Patterson’s favorite target tells us a lot about his work ethic.
With Nico Collins, Tarik Black, and Donovan Peoples-Jones on roster, the Wolverines don’t have a shortage in potential talent. All three were four or five star recruits coming into Ann Arbor. Bell was a three star, making him one of the lesser known recruitsfor Michigan. Stars have a heavy influence in the college football world, but that clearly hasn’t stopped him from giving it everything he’s got, and one setback isn’t going to change that.
If you’ve actually paid attention to Ronnie Bell’s career, it’s one of hard work and persistence. Some of the things directed his way are simply ignorant and juvenile. It’s okay to be frustrated with him for dropping a pass, but you must also realize thathe’s not the issue. Bell’s a great kid with a promising career, and it’s tough to see people take their emotions on him. Luckily for him, people have his back, including his quarterback. That means more to him than any attack or insult ever will.