Civil Engineering

A Football Simile

January 24, 2014 in Civil Engineering, Staff News

Blog-SmithBret Smith,
Civil Engineer –

What if your typical project design team was a football team? In honor of the NFL Postseason, I’ve placed some typical Design Team project members into their comparative roles on a football team:

Architects – Head Coach “You guys line up alphabetically by height.” -Former Houston Oilers Head Coach Bill Peterson

Bret Smith, CU Safety, 2006-2010

Bret Smith, CU Safety, 2006-2010

They are the figure head – providing the general direction and goals for the entire team. Just like Head Coaches, they all have different personalities that the design team aims to please. It’s best to meet your deadlines because these tempered leaders are known to cut team members that don’t perform!

Geotechnical Engineers – Running Backs “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.” -Former New Orleans Saints Running Back George Rogers

These work horses know that the ground game sets the foundation for the rest of the team.

Structural Engineers – Tight Ends “The word ‘genius’ isn’t applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.” -Joe Theisman

Whether it’s running routes, pass blocking, or cracking down on the defensive end, these tall and chiseled know-it-alls can make anything work.

Electrical Engineers – Kickers “I just want to show the NFL that I have the ability to kick at that level.” -Long Ding, Best-named kicker amongst twenty-six hopefuls invited to tryout at a rookie mini-camp for the Jacksonville Jaguars in May 2012

Nobody else on the team has any idea what they do all day.

Plumbing Engineers – Safeties “We’re not attempting to circumcise the rules” -Former NFL Coach Bill Cower

Diligently anticipating the Quarterbacks drop, they always find a way to “flush” out the receivers.

Mechanical Engineers – Sports Analysts “Hawaii doesn’t win many games here in the United States.” -Lee Corso, College Football Analyst

They’re always blowing hot air for the audience’s amusement.

Landscape Architects – Wide Receivers “He treats us like men, he lets us wear earrings.” -Former University of Houston receiver Torrin Polk on Coach Joint Jenkins

They are the Prima Donna – constantly refining that perfect pass route or framing that sidewalk radius with the ideal perennial.

Civil Engineers – Offensive Lineman “I’ve been big ever since I was little.” -William “The Refrigerator” Perry

We’re always at getting dirty in the trenches, resigning credit and praise to the more prestigious disciplines!

Jurisdictions – Referees “At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have any.” -Former Georgia Southern Coach Erk Russell

These keepers of the code proudly and indiscriminately enforce the rule of law upon the entire team – ensuring fair play with their every comment and lengthy reviews!