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A Noble Gesture

February 26, 2008 - Bill Speer
Too often our sports pages often can be confused with police blotters by the actions of stars gone awry. Michael Vick and Adam "PacMan" Jones are two names that immediately come to mind, although there are a host of others.

Then there are those athletes who - while no formal charges are pending against them - still operate under the dark cloud of suspicion and innuendo. Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens would fall into this category.

Yet for every one of these athletes, there are a host of others who do good work under the radar day in and day out. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and former U of M star Larry Foote qualifies as one of those.

This past week a 10-year-old boy died when he fell through the ice on the Rogue River - where he was playing. After learning of the youth's death, Foote contacted the family to see if he could help pay for the funeral expenses.

Foote told the Detroit Free Press that the story hit home for him because he used to play on the river too when it was frozen.

Too often the wayward sports stars grab the major headlines. Stories such as this, however, are the ones that should be grabbing the attention instead.

 
 

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