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National Felon League?

Maybe not so much.

Feel-good story of the day by Jack Cashill at American Thinker:

On the long Thanksgiving weekend, five regular starting NFL quarterbacks of at least partial African descent took the field for their respective teams.  Beyond their obvious talent, all five share a common background, one that is now rare in the African American community and becoming anomalous in American society writ large: each grew up in a Christian home with a mother and a father.  More so than foot speed or even arm strength, this is the variable that elevates them above their peers.
So who are these young men?
 
Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay): "...like his siblings, was home schooled in a seriously Christian household."
 
Robert Griffin III (Washington): "...At Baylor, Griffin managed to graduate in three years with a 3.67 GPA and a degree in political science.  During his final year at Baylor, he was studying for a Master's degree in communication.  "I was heavily influenced by my parents to learn discipline," says Griffin, a professing Christian who has been in the church since age seven.  "But my relationship with God was my most important influence.""
 
Russell Wilson (Seattle): "...After Sunday's tough loss to the Dolphins, Wilson posted the following: "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6 NKJV)  Wilson openly declares that his faith in God is the foundation for his life and family."
 
Cam Newton (Carolina): "...After winning the national college football championship two years ago, Newton said, "I thank God every single day.  I'm just his instrument and He's using me on a consistent daily basis.""


Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco): "...Although his parents -- one black, one white -- were not married, his birth mother made a culture-defying decision in 1987: she chose not to have an abortion.  Having watched two newborn sons die of heart defects, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick decided to adopt, and Colin was the baby who came their way.  Colin would grow up in a white household in largely white communities, but color was no more the determining value in his upbringing than it was for Freeman or Griffin or Wilson. 

"We took our kids to church," says Teresa of Colin and her two other living children in attempting to explain their success as adults.  "They were brought up with our values and morals.""
 
Cashill goes on to say
Although sportscasters have the unfortunate habit of stressing the presumed physical differences between black and white quarterbacks, they tend to overlook the cultural similarities. Jets QB Tim Tebow is not the outlier he is made out to be.  A disproportionate share of quarterbacks, especially elite quarterbacks, share the background of the five just mentioned.
Such as...
 
The Mannings: "...grew up in what Peyton calls "a good Christian home."


Aaron Rogers (Green Bay): "..."I like the saying from St. Francis of Assisi: 'Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.'" 

Drew Brees (New Orleans): "...'I remember my pastor talking about God 'looking for a few good men.' All of a sudden the light bulb went [on] in my head and I was like, 'Hey, that's me; I can be one of those few good men!'"
 
Philip Rivers (San Diego): "...Married at nineteen, he and his wife Tiffany now have six children.  His role, as he sees it, is "teaching the kids the faith, having family prayer, going to Mass together and then football.'"
 
While there's plenty of legitimate reason to see NFL players as narcissistic egomaniacs who may be criminals to boot, it's good to be reminded not to paint with too broad a brush. After all, the sports world could stand a few genuine role models.  
 
 
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