In life, silence is generally considered to be golden. In football, choosing not to be silent is cork board–bulletin board material–to be more precise.
In anticipation of the upcoming game against his former team, Redskins running back Tashard Choice could say a lot of things. He could talk about how the Cowboys, the team that drafted him in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, cut him unceremoniously after Week 7. He could talk about how he laid his body on the line, and when he injured his hamstring, they sent him packing.
He could talk about how he’ll celebrate his 27th birthday on Sunday, hoping to be an active participant in a perfect storyline.
But he’d rather not.
All he would say earlier this week is that he’s ready and there is a “100 percent chance” that he plays.
According to Choice, he’s going to do his talking on the field on Sunday, and then he’ll talk to the media about it afterward. “I’m gonna handle that first,” he said with a poorly concealed smile. “I’m gonna handle it.”
Whatever “it” is, will have to wait until Sunday to be unwrapped.
With so much personal and professional emotion riding on this Sunday’s game, Choice is wise to choose silence.