Well, nothing, really.
Dick Butkus has about as much to do with trans issues as this post has to do with science. (Yeah, I know I said my next post would be about science, but it ain’t!)
Today, however, I made a connection between Dick Butkus and being trans. It went something like this…
The blog is entitled “Tackling Like Butkus,” referring, of course, to one of the greatest … no, THE greatest NFL linebacker of all time, Dick Butkus. (I will probably get arguments from Lawrence Taylor fans on that call.)
The post got me to remembering a story my dad told me about his early days on the police force, how he had to eject a couple rowdy college football players from a diner late one night. He said that they were so big, they were shoulder-to-shoulder even though there was an empty stool between them at the diner counter. He was relieved when they left peacefully, and then found out that one of them had been Dick Butkus.
That got me wanting to watch Butkus play again, so I went from the blog post to YouTube and watched a highlight film about him. The video reminded me of watching football on TV with my grandpa on Sunday afternoons when I was a kid, when Butkus played for the Bears. Growing up in Illinois, of course, ‘da Bears’ ruled.
But what’s the point of all this anyway?
The point is, I found myself wondering when we will see a trans man play football in the NFL.
I wasn’t just wondering — I began to hope for it! I think it could happen in my lifetime. Why not? All these young guys knowing who they are at an early age, going on hormone blockers and some getting chest surgery before they even get out of high school. Yeah, why not?
First things first, though. College ball!
Well, why couldn’t a young trans guy end up playing college football? I’ve seen some mighty fine, strapping young trans men who went on testosterone when they turned 18.
I think there will come a day when young trans guys will start testosterone hormone therapy at an age that will allow them to go through puberty right along with all the other boys.
And then maybe one of them will play football in high school. And earn a scholarship to play college ball. And get chased out of a diner late one night by a young cop. And then go on to get drafted by da Bears, just like Dick Butkus.
Well, why not?