The long offseason, with its lack of newsworthy events, is rife with character pieces or player storylines, though they've typically covered lesser known players. Dave Fairbank surprised me with an entertaining read on starting quarterback Jason Campbell in today's Daily Press. It's a worthwhile read in full, though impressed me because it has so many character-quality related quotes from Jason Campbell. For instance, there is little question that Pacman Jones does not have his image in mind when he launches dollar bills at a stripper. What is going on in that man's mind prior to making it rain is not the effects of his actions. Jason Campbell, on the other hand:
"You also have little kids watching. That's the main thing. Your little cousin could be watching and seeing exactly what you're doing. So when you're around him, you want to make sure you're saying the right things and doing the right things in front of him."
But all things equal, people who don't punch women or bite security guards are far more entertaining to watch, read about, and listen to than those that do. And as far as I can tell, Jason Campbell doesn't plan on punching or biting anyone. He also disagrees with me about the role of the 21st century athlete:
Anyways, sorry if I bored you with this fluff stuff, though I'm an admitted sucker for character in the NFL. If nothing else, we know that our quarterback sounds like a decent person. And his mustache is well groomed.