Two stories caught my eye this week, demonstrating a couple of real class acts from the world of professional football. It isn’t all Brandon Marshall, Michael Vick, and TO.
First, you may recall the story about Leodis McKelvin’s lawn being vandalized after his game changing fumble Monday night. When the police caught the kids that did it, he let them off the hook.
McKelvin shrugged it off, saying he still considers Bills fans to be the greatest.
“It’s just one little incident. I hope it doesn’t happen any more,” McKelvin said. “I was mad, I was kind of like angry in a way, but I was laughing a little bit for what they put on there. It was just something that isn’t appropriate.”
He was particularly impressed by a neighbor, who got out his lawn mower and cut the grass in bid to erase what had been painted.
And McKelvin’s already looking ahead to playing Sunday.
I would have been furious, too. And I would have probably let the kids’ parents handle it. (Props, also, to the neighbor who cut the grass.)
The second story, and more heart tugging, is Vince Young attending a “Dear Dads Breakfast” with Steve McNair’s two young sons.
“Those are my boys,” Young told The Tennessean. “I wouldn’t say it was to pay anyone back; it was just out of love. Steve would do it for me. He pretty much did it for me when I was growing up. I have a history with the boys and I want to do anything I can. I am their big brother.”
Julie Dilworth, admissions director at St. Paul Christian Academy, lauded Young’s actions.
“It was a great, great gesture,” Dilworth told The Tennessean. “All the kids had been talking about the dads’ breakfast and [Trenton and Tyler] were wondering what was going to happen with them.
“They were thrilled … the boys came to school with huge smiles on their faces.”
Young had a close relationship with Steve McNair, even before the latter was drafted by the Titans four years ago. He attended McNair’s football camps when he was young. McNair was shot and killed July 4.
Besides being there for McNair’s sons, Young gave other kids at the school jerseys and autographs.
“It was a surprise, and just to see the excitement on their faces, it’s a great feeling,” Young told The Tennessean. “We had a good time eating pancakes. I had an omelet.
Score two for the good guys.