Kids are the most honest and direct of all of us. You never have to wonder what they are thinking. Unconcerned, you might say even oblivious, to social customs, they spit it out.
Saturday morning at the Blue Chip Football Camp at Montgomery High School, Koa Misi stood in front of 180 kids. While he did receive an enthusiastic ovation for being the 40th overall pick in the June NFL draft, the kids weren't going to give the former Montgomery star a free ride.
"You gonna play the Raiders this year?"
"Yes," said Misi innocently, who has a better than a good chance of starting at outside linebacker for the Miami Dolphins. Poor Koa. He walked right into this one.
"You're gonna get crushed," came the youthful reply.
The reply was like starting a forest fire.
"When you play the Saints, do they kill you?" said a kid not quite grasping that Misi has yet to play in the NFL.
"Did you get your butt beat?" asked another, working hard that Raider theme.
Welcome to the NFL, Koa, where even the kids have attitude.
Of course, if Misi couldn't stand the heat, he wouldn't be in this kitchen. Football provides all kind of heat, from the physical contact to the strategy to the prerequisite athleticism to that feeling this is where Misi belongs, on the football field.