I read a blog post today by a former Gators football player that truly moved me. David Nelson, who was cut from the New York Jets, is now finding in free agency that many teams are “concerned” by his dedication to his nonprofit, i’mME, and wonder about his dedication to the NFL.
SERIOUSLY, NFL? In the wake of scandals like Ray Rice and others, you’re concerned that a player you may sign is dedicated to helping others in the offseason?
This is why I worry about my son going into athletics. This is why I fear my son idolizing most athletes.
I want my son to grow up humble and with a servant attitude, always thinking first “how can I help others?” I want my son to grow up to be like Benjamin Watson, Tim Tebow and David Nelson.
I’ve always been more of an NCAA football fan, and this is largely why. The likes of Ray Rice, Michael Vick, Ben Roethlisberger and Ray Lewis continue to play Sunday after Sunday, but good guys like this are hidden away or even forgotten on the field.
I’m proud that David Nelson is a Gator and is setting a great example for other young athletes. As a mom, I’d tell David – and my son, if in the same position – God reminds us:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
I’d love to see David Nelson on the football field again this season. But I’d rather see him live first for God, if made to choose.
It’s much more important to hear from God “Well done, good and faithful servant,” than well done from the NFL.