God blessed these hands

Updated: September 13, 2013

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — With their soft manicured hands, these prima donnas and divas with shoulder pads can take over any game with a single catch.

They are known in the league of football as the wide receiver.

In my opinion, the top ten wide receivers, who have proven their power to perform at the highest level against any competition or defensive schemes are:

1. Steve Smith (Panthers)

2. Calvin Johnson (Lions)

3. Larry Fitzgerald (Cardinals)

4. Andre Johnson (Texans)

5. Reggie Wayne (Colts)

6. Brandon Marshall (Bears)

7. A.J Green (Bengals)

8. Ronny White (Falcons)

9. Julio Jones (Falcons)

10. Vincent Jackson (Bucs)

Many people may disagree with my top 10, but a great wide receiver is known for his high-flying highlights and heroic catches as he is harassed and hammered by head-hunting cornerbacks.

They are often taunted by tacklers as they take off like thunderbolts through enemy territory with a target tagged on their backs in order to score and perform a theatrical touchdown celebration for the television cameras.

Shockingly, no longer are wide receivers long and lanky or skinny and slim.

Oh, no!!! The new breed of NFL receivers are strong and fearless with the ability to run over smaller defensive backs.

Yes, these new genetic engineered wide receivers are often seen flexing their massive muscles and showing off their huge biceps. Can we say Baltimore’s Anquan Boldin (6-foot-1, 217) and San Diego holdout Vincent Jackson (6-foot-5, 230)?

Despite their buffed bodies, however, these millionaire ballers with break away speed, can still throw a crushing block like former Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward, when necessary.

But they also have the grace and balance of a Broadway ballerina as they display their tip-toe tight-wire technique along the sideline in order to make a spectacular diving catch.

Amazingly, these long arm leapers and speedy sky-walkers are also known to be notorious trash-talkers with telepathy powers to read their quarterbacks’ mind with a blink of an eye or a slight nod of the head.

They also have the ability to run perfect patterns with perfection on any terrain, whether its on astro-turf, grass, sand, mud or snow in order to make that picture perfect grab.

Can you say Wes Welker?

With the vision of victory in their eyes, these wide receivers, however, usually are seen as the villain by their opposition. Some of them are described as vain.

Others are considered to be viruses to their teams and the league, itself.

And I am not talking about you, T.O.

As a result, you can spot many of them throwing temper tantrums, demanding the “damn ball” like former Jet Keyshawn Johnson and having sideline shouting matches with their quarterbacks or coaches like the Bears’ Marshall.

As a result, most football fans think they are self-centered, arrogant, ego-maniacs, and question their importance, their high priced salaries, and their overall toughness when they drop a wide open pass like the former Dallas  Cowboy  Roy Williams and former NY Jets’ Braylon Edwards.

But in certain situations, these relentless route runners and tenderhearted thoroughbreds will go on suicide missions as sacrificial lambs and miraculously maneuver through the middle of a football field filled with ticking time bombs in the form of 250 pound linebackers in order to get a first down for their teams, only to end up with busted lips, bloody noses, cracked ribs, and career-ending concussions..

And for this reason, wide receivers are extremely valuable to any team’s success.

Besides, no quarterback can live without them because if they throw the ball — somebody has to catch it. Don’t believe me?? Think of two of the last three Super Bowl winners.

Just ask the Giants’ Eli Manning. Great catch, David Tyree.

Or ask “Big Ben” Roethlisberger. Great catch, Santonio Holmes.

Cause one great catch can determine the Super Bowl….

So like Keyshawn said, “Just throw me the damn ball!”

Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where received a B.A. in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Radio & Television, and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his reports appear daily along with his controversial cartoon in the Bobbee Bee The Hater. Graham can be reached at lbiass34@yahoo.com

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