Monday, November 24, 2008

On The Tunney Side of the Street #204, Nov. 24, 2008 (

On the Tunney Side of the Street #204, November 24, 2008

After Further Review “You can get anything you want in life, if you just help others get what they want” has been a proverb followed by many. The idea of just “giving back” falls short of this. The practice of “giving” because you want to help others, says more than just “giving back.” Be a giver!

As we enjoy the blessings of Thanksgiving week, the need to continue our giving is important. This doesn’t necessarily mean increasing a monetary amount; it means, more likely, doing something for others to help make their Thanksgiving more enjoyable. It may be just a simple “act of kindness.”

Recently I was privileged to be in the presence of about three dozen NFL Legends – former players and ( Football Hall of Famers ( : George Blanda, Nick Buoniconti, Ted Hendricks, Tom Mack, Bobby Mitchell, Merlin Olsen, Jan Stenerud, Jim Taylor, Dave Wilcox, and Jack Youngblood. Space prohibits me from naming so many others, but I’m sure you recognize these names. They were playing in a golf tournament that supports local charities, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monterey County, donating their time and talents, yet receiving no appearance fees. (

Special to that group was Anthony Muñoz, who received the NFL Legends Pedestal Award ( Muñoz grew up in a low income family and neighborhood. His faith, family and sheer WILL (remember, It’s the Will, Not the Skill) helped him overcome setbacks, not the least of which were multiple injuries and three knee surgeries that almost ended his football career (

Muñoz received a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, where he led the Trojans to a National Championship. After graduating, he was the 3rd overall pick of the Cincinnati Bengals ( in the NFL draft. As a Bengals Offensive Tackle he played 11 years, including 2 Super Bowls, 11 consecutive Pro Bowls, and Hall of Fame induction in 1998, as well as many other honors. Muñoz’s belief in giving is as impressive as his football accomplishments.

As founder of the non-profit Anthony Muñoz Foundation( , he has impacted hundreds of youths mentally, physically and spiritually, and has raised more than $3 million to help young people. Muñoz continues his giving by serving on community boards and speaking to youth groups discouraging the use of drugs and alcohol. While we read too often about the troubles that pro athletes get themselves into, it is refreshing and encouraging to see so many willing to help others. Thanks guys!

Will you give to others in need this Thanksgiving time?

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