Look Good, Play Good


NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders once said, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you play good. If you play good, they pay good.” 

Some athletes truly believe that the better you look, the better you play, while others do not really care what they look like when competing. 

Over the years, accessories and visual aspects of sports have changed tremendously. From gear to uniform colors to socks, every visual aspect of almost every sport seems to constantly be evolving. 

Professional athletes from every sport also play a huge role in what athletes are wearing, at every level. 

In football, for example, Odell Beckham Jr. started wearing knee-high scrunched-up soccer socks.

Now, players on almost any high school football team can be seen doing the same. Players love the way it looks and some feel it even makes them more confident. 

Junior football player Roan Reilly can be counted on to go all out every week with football accessories. He makes sure he looks best from head to toe. Reilly added that the better he looks, the better he feels.

 “It definitely makes you feel more confident,” Reilly said. 

Other athletes feel that it does not really matter how you look. Some believe “drip” is a waste of time and athletes should not care as much as they do. 

Some even believe that athletes should not care at all about how they look, and they should only be worrying about their performance instead. 

Junior Reilly Saxe does not care about how he looks on the field. He only cares about being comfortable. 

“If you think you’re gonna play like Justin Jefferson just because you look like him, you’re wrong,” Saxe added.

While most high school athletes are copying professional athletes by wearing accessories, others choose to follow those that do not wear accessories. 

Senior Michael Locke does not care about accessories.

 “Kawhi Leonard never cares what he looks like, and he’s one of the best players in the NBA,” Locke added.

At the end of the day, everyone is different. If athletes want to go all out with accessories or not wear any at all, that is their choice. Some feel much better when they look good, but the reality is that some athletes perform at the highest level with little to no accessories whatsoever.