were to categorize my experiences while being a part of the Big Ten,
I would place much of what has already occurred under the heading:
"And it's here, in this place
of privilege, where perhaps danger lies. I have been taught that human
nature is such that the "place of privilege" most often and most
naturally leads to "a sense of entitlement" -- the notion that I deserve
to be treated as special, because I'm privileged."
"The Bible says in
'From everyone who has
been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been
entrusted with much, much more will be asked.'"
"We have a responsibility to
use the platform we've been given to provide a true example of what it
means to be a young man to those 10 and 12-year-old boys who see us as
bigger than life."
"I don't believe it's
too far-fetched to think that we as college football players could make
a significant, positive difference in the youth culture of America
simply by embracing the responsibilities that accompany this place of
"We could redefine what is
'cool' for young people."
"We could set a new standard
for how to treat others."
"We could embody what it
means to be a person of integrity."
"We could show to young
people that excellence in the classroom is a worthy pursuit."
"We could show that it's more
important to do what is right than to do what feels right."