NFL Players Stepping Up Big, Becoming Role Models
Posted June 9, 2010on:
The NFL must be doing something right! Whether it is the New Orleans Saints as an organization going down to the Gulf, or individual NFL players making a difference, the NFL is heading down many avenues to stay active in the community. Here are two NFL players who have become role models and have stepped up big!
In Boston, Albert Breer wrote as the NFL has “waded through an image crisis with its players’ off-field troubles,” Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha “has embodied everything commissioner Roger Goodell wishes them to be.” Perhaps the “most impactful thing he does is his annual Asomugha College Tour for Scholars, which takes disadvantaged but high-achieving high school students to tour campuses in a faraway city.” He has taken “about 10 students on past tours, but this year’s jaunt, held in Washington, had 16 students.” Asomugha also has “built a relationship with Bill Clinton and helped” Clinton’s efforts in education, becoming a speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative University the last two years. Asomugha this year received the Byron “Whizzer” White Award — which is given for service to team, community and country — from the NFLPA. He “will be given the Jefferson Award for Public Service” later this month in DC (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/6).
In Milwaukee, Lori Nickel wrote Packers WR Donald Driver is a “made man — the most productive Packers receiver of the last decade.” Gratitude is “what keeps pushing him to school classrooms, business luncheons and charity fund-raisers,” and he “continues to make these community appearances — more than 500 in all.” Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said, “He knows the impact that he can make with the platform the NFL has given him” (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 6/5).