Fans of NFL Quarterback get a little too personal after recent string of poor performances
Earlier this week, Houston Texans quarterback, Matt Schaub, saw a different side of being a professional athlete than typically accustomed to. Late Tuesday, fans arrived at the home of the 32 year old quarterback to yell obscenities and take pictures of him and his family after the team’s poor start to the season. With the constant exposure our sports stars of today face, it’s not surprising that a fan could easily find a player’s home to express their ‘opinions’ to them. Schaub responded quickly to the incident where he called team security, but the fans had already left before they arrived.
Personally, I’m not that surprised that fans of a Texas football team would respond this way to a team with high expectations doing poorly. Knowing what everyone has been told of Texas football, they have over-passionate fans that demand success. This scene was even investigated by Houston Police, where they reported via Twitter some information about the investigation. ESPN interview teammate of Schaub, star defensive-end J.J. Watt, he said, “Sometimes they’ll follow me home. Sometimes they’ll be waiting in the driveway. At dinner and at my house are the two times when I refuse autographs and pictures. I feel like that’s a reasonable thing for me,” when asked about fans’ behavior toward him outside off the football field.
Media outlets such as Twitter and Instagram have allowed fans to feel a more intimate relationship with the players of their beloved teams. If a great player decides to wear nike, chances are their fans will too. When fans put players on a pedestal, they are held to higher standards, which can be both a positive or a negative. Fortunately for Schaub, his team responded quickly and the matter didn’t go further than a couple of fans being immature. Nonetheless, this still should raise eyebrows as to how invested some fans can be with their teams. Despite all the countless hours and money devoted to their favorite team, fans need to remember that after all, it’s just a game.