by Joe Callen | Top Right Sports
Despite crashing ratings and boycotting fans, the NFL protests have continued into Week 12. One New York Giants player even took a knee on Thanksgiving as a master sergeant of the U.S. Army sang the national anthem.
On #Thanksgiving dude? While the Anthem is sung by a Master Sergeant of the United States Army to honor the United States of America ? Disgusting and dispicable. Turning off the game #NFL pic.twitter.com/LtzvPm4Yt4
— Scott Levy (@FuelOnline) November 24, 2017
While the Giants player made all the headlines, Josh Norman, an All-Pro cornerback for the Washington Redskins, did something that went largely unnoticed.
Norman bought a full-page ad in the Index-Journal — the newspaper where he grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina — asking for churches to reach out to him with “concerns of the church and needs of the youth” so that he could help with “tithes and offering of love and peace.”
The full ad stated (emphasis added):
Your persistent prayers and devotion to the people of your congregation, to whom God has given you stewardship over has not gone unnoticed. For the need of the people in your church and the community you serve is always above rapport. This season, God has laid it on my heart as a servant of the crown to reach out and touch every church in Greenwood, SC with my tithes and offering of love and peace. It is my wish that everyone in your place of worship be touched by this blessing that I’ve been blessed by and now giving unto you.
I request that every church send me back a letter stating the concerns of the church and the needs of the youth. I can’t fulfill the entire list, but I am going to do my very best with what God has blessed me with to uphold the needs and the standards of your church. If you would send the letter to the address: 21300 Redskins Park Drive Ashburn, VA 20147. I also ask if your letters be delivered no later than December 12th. I will read through each one and get back to you all respectfully. I truly thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being that beacon of hope to look up to and strive for greatness in your teachings and vessels on earth to reach our Father who is in heaven.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.
Practice hospitality. Romans 12:13
— Joshua Ricardo Norman
.@J_No24 takes out full-page ad in @ijindexjournal asking what area churches need this holiday season to benefit youths in their congregation. I'll have a story on his generosity. pic.twitter.com/v1jjTu34KF
— Adam Benson (@ABensonIJ) November 22, 2017
Norman isn’t a stranger to acts of kindness, though. On Thursday night after his game, Norman took off his cleats and handed them to two kids at the entrance to the tunnel:
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 24, 2017
Unlike the players who sit during the national anthem — allying themselves with defenders of cop-killers, Norman is truly an example that kids can look up to.