Lionel Richie - Truly Live (1982) (via TheSoulKings)
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. - Declaration of OUR Independence
Truly, these were visionary and pragmatic Men.
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Look what they rewrote :) Simple and Stout for all these years.
Truly, What we live by today.
The NFL is no different. A "melting pot" of Talented Players of all backgrounds, Skillsets, and Faiths. We all have Faith. We hope that OUR players will make the play, stay true to OUR team, and WIN. with us.
So many faiths and backgrounds make up the NFL, They embrace the idea of America in Sport. The Olympics were Grecian in the thought and now everyone on Earth embraces it as do we in America. Sport is Universal.
And the envelope please…
Player of the Year:
No. 1 – Antonio Garay
It was a very close call between Podlesh and Garay. But Garay had six sacks which ranked him sixth among DT/NT for most sacks during the season. Solid pressure all year round. Congrats to the big man in the middle. This is the second straight year a defensive lineman beat out Podlesh for PoY.
And Let Us Say…Amen. Link
This year, the Muslim brothers will put their NFL careers on hold to observe another pillar of their faith, the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) taking place during the 2012 NFL Season.
In preparation of their pilgrimage, the Abdullah brothers have arranged a “30 Mosques in 30 Days” tour to take place during Ramadan, which begins on or about July 20. During Ramadan, Hamza and Husain will travel across North America to promote interfaith dialogue and to deconstruct the negative connotations often associated with Islam. Link
Hamza Abdullah - Safety player for the Cleveland Browns
Husain Abdullah - Safety player for the Minnesota Vikings
Az-Zahir Hakim - Wide receiver player formerly for the St. Louis Rams
Abdul Hodge - Linebacker for the Carolina Panthers.
Ahmad Rashād - Former player for Minnesota Vikings, award winning sports-caster (converted in 1972)
Ephraim Salaam - Offensive tackle player for the Detroit Lions
Muhammad Wilkerson - Defensive end for the New York Jets
Usama Young - Free safety player for the New Orleans Saints
Chinese and Japanese NFL players
Well anyhow, that rounds out my coverage of Asian NFL football players and a few that didn’t quite make their way to the Sunday gridiron. So if any of you are like me, feed your children lots of protein, train them early, and although I’ll push education more than anything – let’s get some Asian athletes out there. And let’s say no to any physical rejections anyone may throw at us.
Other Interesting Things: In South Korea, interracial couples and children of interracial couples are looked down upon. 15 percent of South Koreans are biracial and biracial Koreans face strong discrimination in South Korea. Hines Ward being born of an interracial couple himself has become an outspoken advocate for ethnic minorities in South Korea. Ward frequently travels to South Korea to speak for social justice and has created the Helping Hands Foundation help biracial Korean children. Link
Mormons (Church of Latter Day Saints)
Mormon Times counts 32 players on active NFL rosters who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with seven more on practice squads.
New to the list this year is Max Hall, who went undrafted last April. Hall recently silenced his critics by not only making the Arizona Cardinals’ roster, but landing the backup quarterback spot. He impressed the coaching staff so much they released former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Matt Leinart.
Mormons in the NFL
C.J. Ah You, DL, Rams, Oklahoma
Chris Cooley, TE, Redskins, Utah State
Max Hall, QB, Cardinals, BYU
Todd Heap, TE, Ravens, Arizona State
Brett Keisel, DL, Steelers, BYU
Maake Kemoeatu, DL, Redskins, Utah
Paul Kruger, DL, Ravens, Utah
Deuce Lutui, OL, Cardinals, Southern California
*Marcus Mailei, FB, Saints, Weber State
Fili Moala, DL, Colts, Southern California
Haloti Ngata, DL, Ravens, Oregon
Dennis Pitta, TE, Ravens, BYU
Sione Pouha, DT, Jets, Utah
Naufahu Tahi, FB, Vikings, BYU
*Harvey Unga, RB, Bears, BYU
*Fui Vakapuna, RB, Bengals, BYU
Practice squad players
Dallas Reynolds, C, Eagles, BYU
Tim Toone, WR, Lions, Weber State
J.D. Folsom, LB, Bears, Weber State
Shawn Murphy, OL, Panthers, Utah State
Garrett Mills, TE, Eagles, Tulsa
America, is a land of contrasts and contradictions. A place where anyone has the Right to be whatever they can become. Opportunity abounds and of course the opposite is true too. Truly!
Happy Birthday America 2012... Not many would have bet on this in 1776 :)