Pro athletes are essentially royalty inAmerica. We love them and sometimes hate them, but, love or hate, we respect, admire and often idolize them. Most of us wish we had their ability, if only for a day, to do the wonderful things they’re able to do on a field or court of play. Athletes are heroes, even if what they do may not be heroic in the traditional (and dictionary) sense of the word.
When tragedy strikes, it’s reassuring to see the kindness and generosity displayed by the vast majority of us. And because athletes attract so much of the worldwide spotlight, it’s particularly appreciated when they take some of their big money and apply it positively and practically.
Case in point: Danny Amendola. He recently signed with the New England Patriots, after playing the first four years of his career with the St. Louis Rams. Patriots fans were initially thrilled to have Amendola on the roster for his pass catching potential. He is, for all intents and purposes, supposed to be the Wes Welker replacement.
Now, Patriots fans — and everyone else affected by the senseless Boston Marathon tragedy — can get behind the success of Amendola for an entirely different reason. His ability to catch passes will mean so much more. The Patriots receiver has pledged $100 for every catch he makes in the 2013-2014 NFL season — and $200 for any ball that he drops. All proceeds will go to the official relief fund for the tragedy.
No fund has officially been created at this point, but we can presume that one will be in place by the time the season kicks off. Personally, I can’t stand the Patriots, but I hope Amendola is targeted about 250 times this season.
No doubt, we’ll see many more acts of kindness similar to this. Actions like Amendola’s are a reminder to the rest of us that we can call give something of ourselves for the greater good.