The Magic Number is Ocho Cinqo

Say what you may about his excessive on-field celebrations, his many fines by the NFL top brass, or his ego…Chad Ochocinqo displayed nothing but class for a true fan recently.

A young man named Ruben had written the NFL star a letter last year (proclaiming him as one of his heroes) and received an autographed jersey at the holidays, for which he penned a thank-you letter.

On this kid’s birthday, at an event for Children Mending Hearts, Chad showed up to present Ruben with a gift package of a trip to Deion Sanders’ football camp.

To see the shock and delight in this kid’s face was amazing.

Now, some people (according to the on-line comments) made mention of how much money Chad has, how this was not a big deal, how he could have (and perhaps should have) done more.

To this I say: Yes, he does have money. But no, he does not have to share it at all, nor is he obligated to do more than what he did.

We do not have to bail out other people in this world. We do not have to crack open the checkbook whenever we hear of a cause.

What this man did was share himself, and some of his time, with this young man who idolizes him.

To me, this was a good example of a professional athlete rising above his on-field criticisms to be a real man, and give something very valuable: himself.

What woud you be willing to give this week? Is there someone who would love to spend even a few moments with you? 

Are you a hero to someone in this world?

Would you like to become a hero?

Share the greatest gift you can give: the gift of Y-O-U!


One comment

  1. Great story!

    It reminds me of a story I heard in which someone was lamenting how rich a certain person was, how unfair it was that this person was so rich when everyone else was so poor. The rich person replied: “My being poor wouldn’t be a benefit to you or help you become rich. Would you feel better if I had no money?”

    We shouldn’t feel guilty for our blessings, whether they are financial blessings or something else. Just like Chad shouldn’t feel bad about his good fortune. He chose to share some of it and his time as well. He should be applauded and encouraged, not demonized for that.

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