Having completed an offseason reading of Friedrich Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals, veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick contemplated the nature of his free agency.

“I found Nietzsche’s argument that our own self-ignorance undermines our ability to truly have agency to be quite compelling,” said a pensive Fitzpatrick, softly stroking his sumptuous beard. “I mean it is a dangerous argument, for sure, the idea that we could be ignorant of our own actions. But, for instance, when he says that ‘everything about [an action] that can be seen, known, conscious, still belongs to its surface and skin, which, like every skin, betrays something but conceals even more…’ I mean, it’s compelling stuff.”

“I was all like, ‘bruhhh, mind blown,” opined Fitzpatrick.


Fitzpatrick unpacking Nietzsche's moral and political philosophy with Geno Smith (Getty)

Fitzpatrick unpacking Nietzsche’s moral and political philosophy with Geno Smith (Getty)

Fitzpatrick stated his intention to pursue answers to these critical questions of the human experience throughout the offseason. Continuing his current line of inquiry, he mentioned that he was interested in “maybe reading some [David] Hume on determinism and free will” to get another perspective.

As for his NFL career, Fitzpatrick acknowledged that his contract situation would probably stay unresolved until he could better grasp whether or not he is an agent and determine to what degree he can consider himself free.

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