Off the depth chart

ABOUT A YEAR and a half ago, Moffitt's curiosity led him to Chomsky's writings on society, politics and sports. Chomsky calls football "training in irrational jingoism" for "a bewildered herd" in need of distraction. Moffitt didn't disagree. When the need arose, he still liked to hit people, but he began to view the NFL through a slightly different lens. Chomsky's How the World Works gave him a rebuttal for those obsessed with money and status. "Security is an illusion," he says. "You look at the way the world works, you're just a cog in the system."

Pointing at the television, as cameras pan the disappointed Chiefs sideline near the end of the Broncos' win, Moffitt says, "This makes people watchers. It's kind of like politics: lots of watchers, very few participants. It makes you docile. You watch and listen, and you look at the advertising and you buy everything because that's what makes you happy -- stuff. Do stuff for stuff, and that's it."

Not that he's above still making a buck off the game. Moffitt is planning a podcast on society and sports, and he's attempting to land a radio gig. He gets the contradiction. "Sure, I'll take some money, but now the most important thing to me is to be honest." He considers himself an insider with an outsider's mentality, uniquely suited to say things current players can't.

"To an extent, I can live the way I want now," he says. "I like higher ideas and higher thoughts, and I think that's not promoted enough. How much do you really value intelligence when as a society you continue to do unintelligent things? I'm not saying I can't do better. I can improve."

He pauses, searching his mind for an example.

"Hey, I could recycle better," he says. "Little stuff, but doesn't little stuff matter?"

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