I have been a fan of your dignified Persona how you carry yourself and the goodness in you. I am sorry I don't know much about football except that you are a great linebacker, but I can't help liking how you come accross as a human being! I am only 8 months older than you. I went for the engines and cars when I was a kid instead of sports and everytime I see you speaking on TV I wish I had a good friend as you to sit and chat about life!
The world needs more people like you!
Thank you for all the good things you have done!
I recently served as Principal for a Day at Rikers Island in New York City. The following comments were made by Richard Block who heads the Get Out Stay Out Program at Rikers.
In reflecting on yesterday, I realize that I never met anyone who has taken notoriety and celebrity and transformed it (a pivot as you describe it) into such a useful productive unselfish phenomenon.
To me, the magical element is that you have chosen to do it.
At one point yesterday, you glanced toward me to see if I had something to say. I never have nothing to say-except yesterday. Adding something to your offering would have been impossible for me.
What you do is a gift to those who are exposed to it and if you chose a bigger cloud, it would be yours to fly on.
In late September I traveled to Vermont to speak with the high school football team. The team was experiencing some racial problems and sought my help to bring the team together as a unit.
To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Jahmal Mosley and I am an assistant principal at Brattleboro Union High School in Brattleboro, VT. Recently our football team experienced a series of incidents that rattled the spirit of our team as well as each and every individual team member. The team was having a difficult time coming together as a team in order to overcome these incidents and it was clear outside help was needed. We decided that although it was a long shot we would attempt to get an NFL player to speak to our team about the value of teamwork. We contacted Mr. Carson after reading about his dedication to helping others, his altruism and his strong ideals regarding teamwork, and respect.
Mr. Carson did not need to drive to Brattleboro, VT to help a small time high school football team; however, he agreed to visit us and speak to our players. His visit was not just the highlight of the football team's year but left a palpable buzz in the school for weeks. Mr. Carson talked about what a real team should be, what they should do, and how the benefits of being part of a team far outweighed the benefits of only thinking of yourself. This philosophy resonated and touched the players, coaches and administrators of our school. The lesson Mr. Carson conveyed to our players was not just about football, it was about life and how to live it in a way that creates a positive impact on as many people as possible. This is clearly how Mr. Carson lives his life and his words of wisdom will not be lost on the football players of our high school. Thank you Mr. Carson for everything, Brattleboro Union High School.
I was very impressed with your presentation on the Lou Dobbs Show on CNN tonight. Thank you for your comments, and perspective regarding football. I have 3 grandchildren who, although still young, will most probably be in athletics. I will take your example of being an informed and realistic man, as I lend my support and input into their decisions of athletic participation. You are a very impressive person. Again, thank you.
I just watched your piece on Lou Dobbs and I just wanted to say you touched my heart when you spoke of Mike Webster. As a Pittsburgh fan who watched his down fall locally, it was heart breaking to see him as you said lost his way. I never would have or could have imagined anyone would assume responsibility for something like this. You are a true sports Hero in my opinion and May God continue to Bless you and your family. I wish we had more American Sports heroes like you.
In this day and age not much affects me good or bad and I just wanted to take the time to write to you to thank you for remembering one of our local heroes in a positive light.
God Bless You
The Saymansky Family
I hope all is well. Just saw you on CNN being interviewed by Lou Dobbs. I very much liked what you said, and how you said it. I have great memories from watching the Giants in the '80's., and loved the way you played the game.
The CNN interview was probably the best and most responsible interview by a former athlete that I have ever seen. Complete honesty and insightful analysis. Keep up the great work Harry.