If you combine the weight of Aaron Kampman (Jacksonville Jaguars), Russell Allen (Jacksonville Jaguars), Craig Terrill (Seattle Seahawks), and Jordy Nelson (Green Bay Packers), you have something that weighs approximately 1,000 pounds. Yet the enormous size of those four NFL players does not compare to the size of their hearts. Each one of them have been instrumental in helping poverty-stricken children in El Salvador have the ability to go to school and receive health care, nutritional supplements, and regular meals.
Recently, in conjunction with Compassion International, Kampman, Allen, and Terrill traveled to El Salvador to visit the children that they have sponsored. Nelson was unable to make the trip due to his injury, but the other players visited his sponsored child (named Rudy) in his stead.
“Rudy didn’t care about the T-shirts and sports paraphernalia we brought him – which was surprising for someone who has probably never received his own, brand-new shirt,” said Allen. “The entire time we spent with him, he gripped the photo of Jordy and asked repeatedly, ‘you really know my sponsor.'”
While some NFL players are mouthing off to journalists about how much they love the down-time from the NFL Lockout, there are many players who are taking the time off to actually do some good for others. Kampman, Allen, Terrill, and Nelson should be rewarded with our admiration for their noble efforts to help others far away who are in need.