It does make me think about something, though.
You compared Football to Hockey, and Baseball. Both have games that are played more than once per week.
In the NFL, a game is worth more. It's the punctuation of a grueling week of practice, and especially in Chad's case all night film prep. and the like. The guy absolutely lives the game Monday through Saturday. The same can be said for a good majority of NFL players. Not mention the immense physical trauma they will endure later in life.
Like most of the greats, he works harder than most anyone on the team. There have been stories about Chad calling Marvin at 2:30 a.m., not to get bailed out of jail, but to ask about certain coverages, etc. He sleeps in a cot at the stadium some nights.
These stories aren't hard to find, but they do go largely ignored by the Sunday morning pundits. The worst thing someone can say about him off the field is that he eats too much fast food.
Sunday is playtime for the average NFL player. Is it any wonder that we see numerous guys blowing off steam? They aren't all of the so called "thug" variety, either.
Don't get me wrong. Hockey players work their tails off, and I respect that game because of the toughness it requires, but big plays happen more often for them, as well as in Baseball. Games are part of the grind, not the escape from it. Living in a Hockey town, I see what these guys do when they aren't playing. It ranges from Tyler Wright walking around with his kids, to Rusty Klesla doing something I'd rather leave to the imagination. Everyone blows off steam in their own way, and I pay it no mind.
As an aside, what would become of Chris Henry if he were mandated to live with Chad Johnson during the season? Does anyone think we wouldn't see a different person?
That's a leader to me. Celebrations or not.