The image was striking. As AFC Pro Bowl coach Norv Turner casually walked off the field after practice Wednesday, another man broke down the team’s huddle for the day.
NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith was shown speaking to the team for a few minutes. The moment took place on the league-owned network, and host Rich Eisen almost seemed taken aback when he saw it.
“That’s an interesting break right now with everything that’s going on around the league and the collective bargaining agreement,” analyst Michael Irvin said.
Irvin thought it looked like a show of solidarity for all to see. We agree.
During the previous presidential election, we heard a lot about “optics.” Candidates wanted to steer public discussion with their presentation of often superficial images.
This was just one moment, but we were taken by it. Pro Bowl week is a time for the game’s best to relax in the sun, and enjoy one another’s company.
Seeing Smith break down the huddle was a reminder that stormier days are fast approaching.