My all-time favorite sports hero is Hank Aaron. As a youth in the late 50's and throughout the 60's, I would listen to Milwaukee Braves games on a little 6 or 8 transistor radio while 'exploring' nearby woods and fields. And Hammerin' Hank was the Man. Even after Ted Turner stole the Braves and took them to Atlanta, I followed Mr. Aaron as much as I could and was ecstatic when he broke Babe Ruth's career home run record.
'The Admiral' Versus 'The Messiah'
As a mature adult- or rather, when got older- I lived in South Texas and began following the San Antonio Spurs. They had a player that showed a lot of class in every aspect of living. David Robinson, The Admiral, was an all-star center and played with class. Moreover, the dignity of his life off the court shone like a full moon in an otherwise dark night.
I will let the following article by Ed Kaitz on the American Thinker begin to tell the story. The article is titled A Tale of Two Activists.
Here's a taste:
While the "Messiah" was busy in Chicago softening the rough edges of Marxist educational theory, another African-American activist was working quietly in San Antonio, Texas, improving the lives of children one at a time. His name is David Robinson, former NBA champion center for the San Antonio Spurs and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.Welcome to Mr. Robinson's neighborhood.