Since Chicago Bears Kicker, Cody Parkey, recently broke the hearts of Chicago Bears fans by missing a possible game-winning field goal against the defending Super Bowl Champion Eagles, Bears fans have had quite a bit to say.
I’m not going to sit here and list out all of the crazy things Bears fans had to say, but let’s just say emotions were being worn on sleeves, and fans weren’t happy. Since Twitter and Facebook posts went through the roof, Parkey has been vehemently defended by teammates and other media outlets alike. In fact, one un-named brewery is offering free beer for a year if someone can kick a 43-yard field goal.
But all of this defense of Parkey is the exact proof we have gone far too soft. Stay with me on this. I get that the guy shouldn’t be butchered, but he has a job to do…a job he failed at. Cody Parkey made $1.25 million in the 2018/19 NFL season. Over a million dollars to kick a football. I’m sorry, but if you can’t take the heat, you need to get out of the kitchen. While fans are saying the game shouldn’t have come down to the foot of a Kicker, THAT IS ONE OF THE MAIN REASONS NFL TEAMS HAVE KICKERS!!!!! THAT’S A BIG PART OF HIS JOB!!!
Now imagine if you were paid really, really, really good money to do your job, and you failed at the equivalent level. But you didn’t just fail one time…sure, a one time mistake is a learnable situation, and a growth factor. But Parkey missed multiple field goals in the 2018 season. In fact, his Field Goal Percentage Rate was 79.2%…For those of you who don’t remember, that’s a C in school… a C!!!! How many of you are going into surgery with doctors who got C’s???? If you needed life-saving surgery, are you knowingly doing it with a surgeon with a C average for saving lives??? I get it, that’s a bit extreme, but if we’re going to feel bad for a guy that makes over a million dollars to do a job, then we have to take Ice Cube’s advice and check ourselves before we wreck ourselves!
I say, hold Parkey 100% accountable…say Cody Parkey lost the game…and move on. There’s nothing we can say or do that’s going to change what has already taken place…that’s a part of being stoic, and being stoic, and handling things well under pressure are two of the most admirable characteristics a person can have. But the main reason fans can’t move on from something like this is because we make EXCUSES instead of ACTING. As people, we NEED accountability. I’m sorry, but if people are too fragile to hear that someone failed miserably, then we are getting just too soft, and too accepting…and if we get accepting of failure, you can come to expect a lot more failure in this world because that kind of mentality breeds failure. I say, rub some dirt on it, accept accountability, and improve.