This week, we are focusing on the positives of the AFC, its teams, its players and its communities making ‘good happen’. #GiveBack
But before I get to that, some news on the retirement front. Yesterday, it was announced that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is officially retiring from the NFL, effective immediately. He will be missed. This week, there was another memorable retirement announcement from Philadelphia defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. He put new meaning into ‘going out on top’.
The Haloti Ngata Family Foundation‘s motto is: Improving the lives of others through love and strength. We wish him all the best in his future! Ngata definitely belongs on the #NFLGoodGuy list here at Our Turf Football.
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There are plenty of NFL players that are doing great things in their various communities, and they all deserve to be celebrated.
One such player is Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Chris Long. As you know, he was named the 2018 Walter Payton Man Of The Year this past Saturday. Long, like the other nominees for the award, has long been a good guy in his community. However, to me, he sticks out for some very important reasons.
I’ve always felt that if you’re given a platform to do some good, then it’s your responsibility to do just that. Not that you have to, of course, but it’s a good thing to do.
Long’s Waterboy initiative has been in place since 2016. Its goal is to bring fresh water to the African country of Tanzania by building sustainable wells. The goal is to build 32 wells, one for every team in the NFL. He is bringing together veterans, NFL players, and has recently expanded to include NBA players as well.
What. A. Game! I admit I shed a few tears out of sheer relief after that game. It was such an emotional roller coaster from beginning to end.
Not to be a negative Nancy, but I have to point out the obvious. Playing like he did the first half, quarterback Nick Foles, will not be able to get away with that against the Minnesota Vikings. Luckily, the Philadelphia Eagles’ defense came through and it resulted in a win.