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Broncos lineman cites Noam Chomsky as a reason for quitting NFL
The Daily Caller ^ | 11/13/2013 | Greg Campbell

Posted on 11/13/2013 2:47:35 AM PST by markomalley

A Denver Broncos lineman is quitting the NFL — and walking away from an additional $1 million he would have made if he’d stayed through the end of his contract next year — because he’d begun reading the works of liberal linguist Noam Chomsky and the Dalai Lama.

Guard John Moffitt called the Broncos from his home in Seattle last week and said he wouldn’t be back.

Unlike Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who famously quit the team amid allegations that he was being bullied and harassed by teammates, Moffitt told the Associated Press that he was simply no longer all that thrilled to be playing football.

“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy,” he told AP. “I’m not happy at all. And I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money.”

“Everybody, they just don’t get it and they think it’s crazy,” he said. “But I think what I was doing is crazy.”

He also cited the works of Noam Chomsky, who once said that cheering for your home team was a way of “building into people irrational submissiveness to power,” as part of his decision.

The prolific author, media critic and liberal activist and commentator is quoted in his 1992 book “Manufacturing Consent” saying that sports are part of a propagandist “indoctrination system” meant to distract “Joe Six Pack” from “things that matter.”

“The purpose of those media is just to dull people’s brains,” he said. “This is an oversimplification, but for the 80 percent or whatever they are, the main thing is to divert them. To get them to watch National Football League.”

“[I]t’s a way of building up irrational attitudes of submission to authority, and group cohesion behind leadership elements — in fact, it’s training in irrational jingoism,” Chomsky wrote. “That’s also a feature of competitive sports. I think if you look closely at these things, I think, typically, they do have functions, and that’s why energy is devoted to supporting them and creating a basis for them and advertisers are willing to pay for them and so on.”

Moffitt has only played two games for the Broncos after being acquired from the Seattle Seahawks in August. AP reported that he’s earned $1.8 million in his two and a half NFL seasons. He’s leaving the Broncos during an 8-1 season in which they’re in second place in the AFC West. The team has a real chance to make the Super Bowl.

Moffitt shrugged it off.

“I don’t care about the Super Bowl,” he told AP. “I don’t need the Super Bowl experience. I played in great stadiums and I played against great players. And I had that experience and it’s enough.”

Moffitt didn’t say what new career he’ll pursue, but said he plans to spend more time with his parents, his girlfriend and her 5-year-old daughter.


TOPICS: Religion; Sports
KEYWORDS: idiot

1 posted on 11/13/2013 2:47:35 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Liberal deep-thinking ...


2 posted on 11/13/2013 2:54:51 AM PST by Ken522
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To: markomalley

The health concern makes perfect sense to me.

Chomsky? Not so much.


3 posted on 11/13/2013 2:56:54 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: markomalley

He read that book by Chomsky about some guy named Galt.


4 posted on 11/13/2013 2:57:30 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: markomalley
“building into people irrational submissiveness to power,” as part of his decision.

Now what John? That's right - go get yourself a real job. Good luck with all that.

5 posted on 11/13/2013 2:58:02 AM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Ken522

THIS GUY WAS A BRONCO?????? I DON’T THINK SO!!!!!!!


6 posted on 11/13/2013 2:58:43 AM PST by screaming eagle2 (no matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle,IS STILL A USED CAR!)
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To: Ken522
“But I think what I was doing is crazy.”

And that should be the end of it.

How many of US have read something that changed our minds and hearts ?

If Chomsky changed him, he was destined to quit anyway ... or worse

Leave the guy alone.

7 posted on 11/13/2013 2:59:02 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: markomalley

Wow, the Dalai Lama couldn’t be more philosophically different than Chomsky.


8 posted on 11/13/2013 2:59:54 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: markomalley
“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy,” he told AP. “I’m not happy at all. And I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money.”

I can respect that. Even if the realization came from reading Dr Seuss, which is not far from Chomsky.

9 posted on 11/13/2013 3:00:58 AM PST by Fzob (Jesus + anything = nothing, Jesus + nothing = everything)
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To: markomalley
his girlfriend and their dtr....hmmmmmm.....he wants to be so high and mighty maybe he should get married....

well, sports due seem to dull us and keep us simply minded no doubt...we're not about buying pro tickets to anything but we do enjoy our local small college basketball, and watching on tv....

you have to have some diversions in this world...

10 posted on 11/13/2013 3:03:09 AM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: markomalley

I think there was another reason he quit the team.......and he just doesn’t want to say.


11 posted on 11/13/2013 3:06:41 AM PST by screaming eagle2 (no matter what you call it,a pre-owned vehicle,IS STILL A USED CAR!)
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To: markomalley

>>The prolific author, media critic and liberal activist and commentator is quoted in his 1992 book “Manufacturing Consent” saying that sports are part of a propagandist “indoctrination system” meant to distract “Joe Six Pack” from “things that matter.”

Every now and then, a liberal gets something right.


12 posted on 11/13/2013 3:07:29 AM PST by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: markomalley
he’d begun reading the works of liberal linguist Noam Chomsky and the Dalai Lama.

A sure sign that he's already suffering neurological damage.

13 posted on 11/13/2013 3:08:10 AM PST by fso301
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To: Fzob

We’re missing the point-A pro football player is reading a book that doesn’t come with crayons.


14 posted on 11/13/2013 3:09:20 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: Bryanw92
a propagandist “indoctrination system” meant to distract “Joe Six Pack” from “things that matter.”

Every now and then, a liberal gets something right.

Exactly. I've had many frustrated mornings at work, listening to non-stop sports talk. There are several HUGE sports fans that do not even follow news or politics. I'm very frustrated with the bread and circuses going on, and everyone's addiction to them. Don't get me wrong, I love sports, but I haven't had TV in over a decade, and I can still follow sports, but politics is far FAR more important. Sports are a pleasant distraction. Hey! My Cardinals went to the world series again! Didn't see a minute of the games.

15 posted on 11/13/2013 3:35:36 AM PST by Big Giant Head
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To: cherry
his girlfriend and their dtr....hmmmmmm.....he wants to be so high and mighty maybe he should get married....

The story reports, "...said he plans to spend more time with his parents, his girlfriend and her 5-year-old daughter.

The story does not report the child to be his.

16 posted on 11/13/2013 3:42:24 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: nickcarraway

Big hitter, the Lama.


17 posted on 11/13/2013 3:52:00 AM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: nickcarraway
Wow, the Dalai Lama couldn’t be more philosophically different than Chomsky.

Of course the Dalai Lama's a Marxist

Dalai Lama and Chomsky sing from the same hymn book.

18 posted on 11/13/2013 3:52:17 AM PST by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
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To: markomalley

Sounds like this guy doesn’t want to serve his country anymore as a football hero... I wonder what Al Bundy would have to say about this?


19 posted on 11/13/2013 3:53:26 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: knarf

Being 6’4”, 319 lbs and playing professional football for a living doesn’t make someone an idiot.

Citing Noam Chomsky as a life-changing influence certainly does.


20 posted on 11/13/2013 3:54:11 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: fso301; Big Giant Head; Bryanw92

How much do you want to bet this guy will be active in some kind of putrid liberal cause, and will always be introduced as a former football player?

Better than being introduced as a Noam Chomsky rump-swab, I guess.


21 posted on 11/13/2013 3:59:00 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: screaming eagle2

A Brony?


22 posted on 11/13/2013 4:00:05 AM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Islander7; nickcarraway

But I will say this for the Dalai Lama, he at least has the capability to be interesting and funny in unexpected ways.

Noam Chomsky, not so much. He is just a desiccated liberal turd.


23 posted on 11/13/2013 4:01:35 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Bryanw92

The Roman ruling elite knew this. Hence panem et circensis (bread and circuses).


24 posted on 11/13/2013 4:05:36 AM PST by abb
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To: rlmorel

Dalai Lama is a self-professed marxist.


25 posted on 11/13/2013 4:07:29 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: markomalley

Denver Broncos? Rocky Mountain high? Legalized marijuana?


26 posted on 11/13/2013 4:13:52 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: markomalley
liberal linguist Noam Chomsky

Sort of like a "stand up philosopher":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgoB2JMEowc

27 posted on 11/13/2013 4:14:06 AM PST by CtBigPat (Free Republic - The grown-ups table of the internet.)
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To: markomalley

If the guy had just said, “I’ve made enough money, I’m burned out on the game, I’m tired of getting banged up every Sunday, and it’s time for me to move on because there are more important things than football,” we would have all complimented him on his maturity. But he had to go Chomsky on us .... which turns his decision to quit into an indictment of the game that has made him rich.


28 posted on 11/13/2013 4:16:03 AM PST by sphinx
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To: rlmorel
I agree

I didn't mean to endorse the guys source, just the act of being changed/led by something he read.

29 posted on 11/13/2013 4:19:21 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: markomalley

It’s not like he doesn’t have a million or so to help him find a new job, but his mention of Chomsky kind of tells me he is a nut case.


30 posted on 11/13/2013 4:28:57 AM PST by Venturer (Keep Obama and you aint seen nothing yet.)
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To: Bryanw92
...sports are part of a propagandist “indoctrination system” meant to distract “Joe Six Pack” from “things that matter.”

Every now and then, a liberal gets something right.

I'll amen that. Nothing gets me as angry as going through the radio dial and hearing snatches of talk on these sports talk radio stations. Here, our country is falling apart and these men are talking sports! It is a distraction.

31 posted on 11/13/2013 4:33:49 AM PST by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about its implications.)
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To: markomalley

more importantly, who has beaten the Broncos thisvyesr?


32 posted on 11/13/2013 4:36:07 AM PST by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: markomalley
...from his home in Seattle..."

Seattle and Chomsky go together like flies and a big 'ol steaming horse pie.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

33 posted on 11/13/2013 4:41:47 AM PST by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: Islander7

Marx likely borrowed from Buddhism. But, Buddhism does not sanction dictatorship. Chomsky is nowhere near a Buddhist.


34 posted on 11/13/2013 4:44:17 AM PST by frithguild (The warmth and goodness if Gaia is a nuclear reactor in the Earth's core that burns Thorium)
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To: markomalley

Does anyone remember Chip Glass of the ST. Louis football Cardinals doing the same thing but because of the hippie ethos, not Noam Chomansky?


35 posted on 11/13/2013 4:57:00 AM PST by em2vn
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He should finish out his contract and THEN quit. Take all the money. Chomsky may be right. I don’t care for sideline reporters, pink colors for breast awareness and the military being part of the games. Some sort of manipulation going on here.


36 posted on 11/13/2013 5:11:18 AM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: JennysCool
The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

Taking advice from the Dalai Lama? Sure. But Noam Chomsky?

37 posted on 11/13/2013 5:23:23 AM PST by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: markomalley

Well, I can sympathize. I wouldn’t necessarily quit an extremely remunerative job, but reading Chomsky for any length of time will depress you so much you’ll be reaching for razor blades to slash your wrists.


38 posted on 11/13/2013 5:33:36 AM PST by driftless2
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To: knarf

LOL, I know that. And you are correct...it is not a crime to be influenced by things you have read.

I know that two of the most influential books on me were “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers and “Treason” by Ann Coulter. (With my citing of Ann Coulter, I could imagine the heads popping off of some people in disbelief for castigating this football player for citing a “heavyweight” like Chomsky, and me citing a “lightweight” like Ann Coulter)

But for me, in many cases it was not the actual content of the books that were most significant for me, but for the way they prompted me to evaluate the status, history and, ultimately, the validity of my own premises and what I had absorbed over my life from the schools and media.

The way I see it, this guy is doing one of two things: he is either citing Noam Chomsky to appear intelligent, or he is absorbing the dogma of Noam Chomsky and his ilk without critically analyzing it.


39 posted on 11/13/2013 5:45:28 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: markomalley

I have never understood why these players don’t just play for a couple years and if they saved any of their bounty don’t just retire or start a business. I guess saving their bounty is the key here. Guys that play over 10 years and take that beating are just conceited in my opinion.


40 posted on 11/13/2013 5:50:52 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: markomalley
he was simply no longer all that thrilled to be playing football.

But Gnome Chomsky has sent a thrill up his leg.

41 posted on 11/13/2013 5:59:00 AM PST by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: Bryanw92
>>The prolific author, media critic and liberal activist and commentator is quoted in his 1992 book “Manufacturing Consent” saying that sports are part of a propagandist “indoctrination system” meant to distract “Joe Six Pack” from “things that matter.”

Every now and then, a liberal gets something right.

Isn't the point of professional sports simply to make a lot of money...which they do for almost everyone involved?

42 posted on 11/13/2013 6:13:05 AM PST by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: markomalley

I am very happy with this outcome. Some other person gets his spot and money. Yay!


43 posted on 11/13/2013 6:18:13 AM PST by smaug6 (We can't afford to be innocent!! Stand up and face the enemy.)
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To: markomalley
Up next, he'll become a muslim...This guy sounds like he's lost.

FMCDH(BITS)

44 posted on 11/13/2013 7:13:24 AM PST by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: Rummyfan

Ha! Perfect.


45 posted on 11/13/2013 7:27:42 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: markomalley

How long has he been playing without his helmet ?


46 posted on 11/13/2013 12:08:59 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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