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Changing Lives a Football Team at a Time

In Jeffery Marx’s “He Turns Boys into Men” article, he introduces Coach Joe Ehrmann, former NFL star who seeks to reduce false masculinity at the school he coaches at. Joe Ehrmann’s resume is anything beyond ordinary. After 13 years as a Baltimore Colt, Ehrmann looks to accomplish more significant things as an inner-city minister, as well as a Gilman Greyhound High School football coach. Ehrmann focuses on the boys’ standard criteria at the school, false masculinity, which he wants to tear down. He doesn’t want the young men to grow up and constantly compete with others for what they have, how successful they have been economically, or how their athletic abilities compare to others. Instead, Ehrmann wants them to grow up to be successful men who won’t feel isolated and destroy communities because of the false masculinity. His solution to stopping false masculinity is based on two things: relationships with others, and having a good cause other than you. “It [masculinity] should be defined in terms of relationships,” Ehrmann says. He believes that it comes down to how other people see you, not only family, but friends, and teammates. In conclusion, I believe that the Coach Ehrmann’s approach is a great approach because my high school football coach approached the situation the same way, which led to me being a better individual. I would brag about my athletic abilities in track and field because I didn’t think that there was anyone that I could compete with until high…...

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