Monday, December 10, 2007

A Hero Among the Rest

Just when you thought (or at least I did) that there was no hope for pro athletes... along comes someone like LaDainian Tomlinson... and on a day like today when we are reminded of some of the most horrific acts "gotten away with" if only for a little while by a fellow/former NFL star, this story about L.T. was just what the doctor ordered.

I readily admit, in the past year or so, I'd heard all the stories about L.T. averaging x-number of touchdowns a game but I chalked it up to "just another NFL star". Thanks to 60 Minutes on Sunday evening, I take back any comment I may have made or ever thought about L.T. being "just another" ANYthing.

Just a few of the highlights, though you really should take a few minutes to watch the video clips in their entirety.
  • Two days before Thanksgiving, he gives 2,000 families enough food to make Thanksgiving dinners.
  • He has his own charity golf tournament, gives $1,000 college scholarships to seniors at his old high school, and hands out dozens of bikes and hundreds of shoes to underprivileged kids in San Diego.
  • Since he couldn't afford to go to NFL games as a child, he buys tickets for 21 kids to every home game. Twenty-one is his jersey number. And again, he gives them his time. After the game he comes back on the field to greet each of them, sign autographs, and pose for pictures.

Let's hope that L.T. isn't just inspiring little kids out there... we big kids need just as much help!

*Has my blog taken a turn into the world of the emotional side of sports "writing"?? I will be back with some tasty treats, I promise.


  1. He sounds like a great guy. And at least you're writing! Wish I could say the same for myself.

    FYI for your next trip to town: Midtown is reopening for dinner! There is an ad in tomorrow's paper saying so. Yippee!

  2. I enjoy the emotional writing - bravo. hehe...

  3. I really like LT, and though I live in SD, didn't know about all of the generous acts you mentioned. Well done to highlight them, Kara. -Another girl who likes football.

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