By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz
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.
#ICYMI – A special congrats to our friend & 2019 #ConquerKili team member @Haloti_Ngata92 on his amazing 13 year career in the #NFL! Honored that he chose this special moment with us at the top of Kili to make his retirement announcement. Congrats on an incredible career, Haloti! pic.twitter.com/UPchWQcvTk
— Waterboys.org (@WaterboysORG) March 21, 2019
Ngata was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Philadelphia defensive end Chris Long. Long is the heart behind Waterboys and Walter Payton Man of the Year for 2018, and he walks his talk. Recently, he spoke at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs furthering the work they are doing. In many parts of the world, drinkable water is not readily available.
Women play a big part in the transportation of water for their families and communities. Long, Ngata and numerous other professional athletes are working together to enhance these villages with a local water source, providing an improved standard of living.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) March 21, 2019
NFL Players Doing Good
As I was scrolling through Twitter the other day, I came across this Logan Ryan tweet. A simple chat between him and Mo created this memorable event. From local spelling bee to global ambassador, more #NFLGoodGuys are highlighted.
The world needs more guys like @RealLoganRyan ✊?
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) March 22, 2019
WR by day, spelling bee judge by night! Congratulations to all of the winners from the Boys & Girls Club of Cincinnati and s/o to @ajgreen_18 & @SpaghettiOs for making it happen! #WhoDey #SoupSquad #FootballisFamily pic.twitter.com/WTWl4A29RA
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 21, 2019
Joe Haden hosted a Unified flag football clinic to promote inclusion in sports while in Abu Dhabi for @WorldGamesAD as a @SpecialOlympics Global Ambassador. #ChooseToInclude | @joehaden23 pic.twitter.com/1QPy3Kub0u
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 18, 2019
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Today I got the opportunity to meet and talk to some 3rd and 4th graders at the same elementary school that I went to growing up. All of this thanks to my former 3rd grade teacher at Cedargrove Elementary @lyndalemon. @lyndalemon was one of the many positive influences that I was blessed to have around me growing up. I just want to thank the great kids who welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to answer all types of fun questions (including do you have a mansion? 😂). And such a blessing being able to share my experiences growing up and the knowledge that I believe has helped me to reach the heights I have in my career and that continue propelling me throughout life to this day. You never know how much positive impact such simple and effortless gestures can have on people, especially young lives. Pay it forward, because God knows without his word and presence as well as those other positive influences along the way, most wouldn’t make it as far as they have. Thank you to my love @amandataney for capturing all of it and being there by my side as well. 🙏🏿😍
— Jarvis Juice Landry (@God_Son80) March 20, 2019
Helping in their Own Way
'I thought it would be a unique opportunity for me to give back. It was an opportunity to feed my football appetite. It was neat for me to be around the game a little.' – Heath Miller on being a mentor at the Combine
— Teresa Varley (@Teresa_Varley) March 21, 2019
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) March 21, 2019
Good Follows of the AFC
Dolphins Cancer Challenge @TackleCancer
Broncos Off Field @BroncosOffField
Chargers Community @ChargersCR
Colts Community @coltscommunity
Tell me, who is your #NFLGoodGuy?
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