Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Where The Light Is Better"

Sometimes our sports heroes really are as good as we hope they are. In a world of prima donna wide receivers and steroid fueled baseball sluggers, it's nice to see that some sports figures really get it.

My issue of ESPN The Magazine showed up in the mail today. The first thing I do when I get a new issue is to quickly flip through the pages looking for anything Denver Broncos related. What a delight to find the last page with this picture right on top. I started reading the story standing in the doorway. Yes, I'm enough of a Broncos fan to stop whatever it is I'm doing to devote all of my attention to anything having to do with the team.

The story I read can be found here.

I hate to admit, but I've been turning into a big softy and this story touched me. It's stories like this which make it so easy to be fans of sport figures that are stand up people. It's not what they do on the field, ice, green, or court that matters. It's what they do when the cameras aren't rolling, the lights aren't flashing, and the crowds aren't cheering that really matters. I think it's what makes them into real sports heroes instead of just sports figures.

3 comments:

Sandy said...

I read the article. And I liked it. It was touching. Not so much for the sports aspect but because I can appreciate a good role model making a difference in a kids life. Thanks for sharing.

Lori said...

Awwww, geez... I'm a little teary nw too after reading the article. I suppose I should get back to working now.

Andrea said...

Bunch of girls you have reading your posts...you should offer tissues when you post stuff like that. Wait they're already in my pocket.