I read this in the New York Times today, about NFL quarterback Kurt Warner (my favorite player in the league), and I thought it was worth sharing.

The restaurant game before an away game is one of Kurt Warner’s favorites, a fringe benefit of being a well-paid football player that never gets old.

At dinner, Warner and his wife, Brenda, will sit back and watch as one or more of their seven children scan the dining area like a quarterback going through his progressions on the field.

Once they target a table, Warner, the Arizona Cardinals’ quarterback, quietly adds that dinner tab to his own.  At a steakhouse here last Saturday, a family of four received a free meal without knowing the identity of their benefactor.

The Warners cooked up the idea many years ago, after their food-stamp-cashing days were behind them and Warner had become the toast of St. Louis by leading the Rams to victory in the 2000 Super Bowl.

They thought it would be a playful way of instilling in their children the joy of giving.  “We want our kids to grow up knowing that because of football we are so blessed,” Warner said Wednesday.  He added: “We never want them to lose sight of what it’s really about. Our circumstances are not the most important thing. It’s what we do with those circumstances.”

It’s the lead of a very good story, and really needs no further commentary, except to encourage you to read it in its entirety.


2 thoughts on “Benefactor

  1. kyle, thanks for calling our attention to this story. I’ve given you a shout-out on my blog. Just proves that not all professional athletes are me-first superstars!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s