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Defending the “fools” who don’t love football like I do.

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My poor illiterate immigrant Italian father, Antonio, hated football. He never played a down of football. He refused to let me play football. I played football behind his back. His priority was for me to work at manual labour/labor jobs during high school, not play a game that can maim. Antonio was right. I learned more life lessons from manual labour/labor than from playing football.

Antonio was the toughest human I have ever met. No exceptions. He fought in real wars. He suffered through depression, poverty, and unimaginable struggle and suffering. I have coached football for 40 seasons, all unpaid. Antonio never once came to a game I coached, never acknowledged my coaching career. We never had one conversation about football, not one word exchanged. Antonio was not a “fool” for not letting me play football. Antonio became the toughest human I have ever met without football.

My daughter has a 2 year old son. She may never let him play football. She is not a “fool.” I have a wife, 3 daughters, and 3 granddaughters who never have and never will play football. They have as much toughness and character as any football player I have ever coached. Football does not guarantee impeccable character. Football can also bring out your worst. I love the game of football but I don’t expect the whole world to love what I love. It’s unbelievable that an NFL coach would call people “fools” who won’t let their children play football.

Blessings & all good things.


Gino Arcaro M.Ed., B.Sc., Level 3 NCCP (Nat’l Coaching Certification Program)

Head coach – Niagara X-men football

Owner – X Fitness Inc.


Gino Arcaro is a widely published author. His website, blog, Youtube channel, and list of SWAT FOOTBALL Books are at:

His books include:

4th & hell: seasons 1 and 2, Soul of a Lifter, SWAT Offense, SWAT Defense, SWAT Tackling Video & e-book, X Fitness Workout System, and a 3 business book series called Soul of an Entrepreneur

He also has written 20 editions of 6 law enforcement academic textbooks. A new 8-volume interrogation book series will be released in 2014. And just released, a new children’s book called “BE FIT – DON’T QUIT.” The first stage of his new Blunt Talk e-books is now for sale. His latest book on human potential called “Hashtag Peace” is at the editing stage. He is writing three other non-fiction novels book called The Mystery of Murder: Working with the dead, Midnight Shift From Hell, and Another Bar Fight.


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