I was on a men's retreat this weekend with my church at a small YMCA camp outside Nashville, TN. A group of us were walking across a field when we saw some kids playing football with a couple of adults. What first drew my attention was the size of two men leading the teams playing. They were both 6+ feet tall and extremely well-built. As we got closer, I noticed something very familiar about one of the men. I stopped dead in my tracks when I realized what it was. Not 20 feet from me was The Senator himself, George Wilson.
I know this may not seem like a big deal for many of you, but I've been a Bills fan for 20 years and only been to a single Bills game live (Bills @ Titans 2009, blech). To see one of my favorite players up close was very exciting for me. I don't think anyone else in my group even realized who it was, and I did not want to intterupt the game he was playing with the kids, so I moved on.
After a while, my curiosity got the best of me and I approached one of the adults in his group to ask them a little about what was going on. As it turns out, George Wilson has a charity he started called S.A.F.E.T.Y. Foundation. He takes kids from Paducah, KY and spends time with them doing team building, self-esteem boosting, and helping them become aware of ways to avoid the common pratfalls and temptations of youth today.
I didn't get a picture or an autograph. I didn't even introduce myself to Mr. Wilson. I didn't want to be that fan who interrupted the important work he was doing just to gush and stumble over my words in an effort to show him how much I enjoy his play on the field. I did think and reflect on how awesome it was to see that even during the lockout, George Wilson was taking to the time and money to stay true to his passion of caring for at-risk youths. It's just one more reason to love being a Bills fan.
Thanks for listening to my ramblings, Rumblers! Have a great weekend.