I enjoy American football, from high school to college to the pros. For one thing, it harkens back to my childhood, where we played with just the neighborhood kids and watched the Dallas Cowboys with my family on TV; to high school, cheering on our high school team which were Texas state champions in football ("Saturday Night lights" was based on my high school team); and to college where cheering on my team was a favorite Saturday cultural event. And we played intermural football in college and even city league football as a young professional.
Now I am in Seattle, so the Seahawks are a major happening that unites the city. And yes, we do indeed wear Seahawks jerseys on Friday to support the team as part of the 12th person (yes we pay Texas A&M to use their 12th Man copyrighted slogan). I see nothing wrong with this. Now days in America, we seem to have very few things that we can celebrate together. Rooting on our favorite local teams is one of them.
But you know, I just also like to watch a really good football game to appreciate the strategy, physicality, camaraderie, and hard work that the players and teams put into their attempt to win a game. I know that Russell Wilson (quarterback of the Seahawks) spends hours weekly studying his opponents and planning for the next week's game, as do many of the top professional athletes. So, we can admire them for working hard to achieve their goals and dreams, part of what most of us view as a typically American characteristic.
And lastly, I just enjoy the beauty of a well executed play. Whether it is a long forward pass with an almost impossible catch, or a run where the running back just refuses to go down despite being hit numerous times, or the quarterback bulleting in a pass just inches away from the outstretched hands of two defenders, it is just a beautiful and exciting sight to see. And I fondly remember, throwing those long forward passes, or running down the field to the end zone and catching the "hail Mary" pass and the exhilaration that came from them.
You might think I am a football fanatic. I am not. But I do enjoy seeing a good game on TV, when I decide to make the time, or many times as I am working out at my gym.
Of all the games we typically play in the USA, I enjoy football the most.
For those that don't enjoy football, nothing wrong with that. Plenty of things other than football that are worthwhile to dedicate yourself to and occupy your time. But I think criticism of those that do is just short sighted. The entire football experience does possess many characteristics that are worthwhile and admirable.