Not many fiction writers write about football. Except for today, on Football Sunday, when you complete this writing prompt. Keep reading today’s post to see today’s full writing prompt, On the Sidelines, and my completed version of it. P.S.–It doesn’t matter if you’re into football or not, you’ll want to read and reflect on today’s post.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: On the Sidelines

For today’s fictional writing prompt, write about a football player or coach who is on the sidelines either literally or metaphorically, or both. Be sure to use the phrase “on the sidelines” at either the very beginning or the very end of your piece of writing today.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

On the Sidelines, by K.E. Creighton

The owners just confirmed they wanted Tony to lead his home team this upcoming season. It took a minute to let the shock of the news settle in his stomach. The guys in the running with him for the position had set the bar extremely high. And if he was being honest, he wasn’t really sure he reached that bar. But he wanted it, to be the head coach, more than anything. And he had a family, friends, and a medium-sized faction of a large city rooting for him, who he couldn’t let down.

Tony decided to celebrate his win with some of his old teammates at Lucky’s, the sports bar around the corner from the stadium. This was a win for the books and he wanted the people who began this journey with him there. They passed around shots and congratulations. They all chanted his name and joked about how he was a rookie all over again.

After a few rounds, one of Tony’s first offensive linemen in the league, Dennis, came over to his barstool and patted him on the back, his platinum bracelet gleaming against his dark skin. The bracelet had been a gift from Tony with a notch for every time Dennis had stopped him from getting sacked in their first season together when they won the bowl.

Dennis had been in the running with Tony to be the head coach. As he approached Tony, he was grinning. His eyes seemed tired but content.

Tony looked at Dennis and said, “Sorry man. You deserved it, too.”

“Yeah, I know. But you have the look they want,” Dennis said with a flat smile and a wink.

“You always had my back, man. I’ll have yours, one way or another,” Tony said.

Dennis responded with a chuckle and said, “Okay. I’ll hold you to that. I’ll be busy, you know, being the best, no matter what I do. No man can keep me from that. Plus, you know where to find me, on the sidelines.”

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt

My writing today was inspired by a recent article published in The Washington Post, How the NFL Block Black Coaches. Everyone should read that article, whether they’re avid NFL fans or not.

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