What makes a hero?

Regina, Saskatchewan
February 6, 2011 2:02pm CST
I just watched the story of Ernie Davis, the first Black athlete to win the Heisman Trophy, the highest award a college football player can win. He won it in 1961 while playing for Syracuse University in New York State. 1961... A time of social unrest, discrimination, racism and being America.............FOOTBALL! The movie touched on all of these things. Scenes on the field during practice and games were brutal in their subtle portrayal of the rampant racism of the day. By the end of the movie I was practically in tears. Not because of the early and untimely death of a great athlete and thorough gentleman (Ernie died at 23 of leukemia), but I was angry, because in spite of how socially accepting we have become, the sense of entitlement white male athletes (especially in high school and college) have, is no 'nicer' today than it was 60 years ago. Today's sense of entitlement by these athletes is not totally color driven. But it is there, it is arrogant and it is often cruel and it could learn a lot of humility from the Black athletes of yesteryear. I can understand back in the sixties, a Black athlete's politeness, work ethic, and good manners. He couldn't afford to give 'the man' any reason whatsoever to dislike him or to provoke latent racism. Every Black person in America at the time, of every age, was aware that humiliation and more than likely a beating awaited them simply for having dark skin. Yet in spite of that athletes like Ernie Davis stayed humble, polite, giving, and just plain NICE. They played for the love of the game, belief in themselves and to make their Momma's proud. And to my mind today's athletes should be forced to watch movies like the Ernie Davis story over and over until they get the message that it's talent, good manners and a sense of fair play in all things on and off the field that counts. Not glory, not getting the girl, not being the 'big man on campus' not the endorsements, and definitely not the belief that being an athlete is all about superiority and being above the law. There is a lot good about the football culture in America. But there is more that is not so good, and the sense of entitlement engendered in young athletes today, be they Black or White is the worst of the bad. Have a happy Super Bowl day. Cheer your heroes. But be aware that a heroes behavior OFF the field is just as important, as that on the field.
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@Hatley (164451)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Feb 11
hi sparky I s aw that too and feel like you do. So many top ahletes today are all entitlement and no humility at all. yet our children make heroes of them so these men should strive to have the kind of character that \befits a man whom kids will look up to.they should embody fair play ,talent and good manners for all. Role models should be worthy of being called good role models.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
Exactly Hatley........role models are not just people with talent. They should be only be role models if they are also people of good character.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
8 Feb 11
Good role models .. those with good characters .. yes..
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
7 Feb 11
Talent , good manners and fair play .. - that rings so true for me too .. a version of a hero on the field as well. Hope you are doing fine and well Sparks. I'm going to have to watch the story of Ernie Davis .. sounds like a really inspiring person/athlete. Really good goals in life there. Being humble and nice. I think a lot of players should adopt his good attitude too. Here's a cheer to all heroes of the world especially on the field in any sporting arena.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
I posted a wonderful response to this, and it got lost!!!! How's my favorite handsome guy? Long time no see. My guys (the Packers) won the big game today and I cheered my butt off! Nice to see you dude.............
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@Hatley (164451)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Feb 11
hi so the Green Bay Packers won wow and I did not even get to see it today. darn.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
8 Feb 11
I'm doing fine Sparks .. thank you .. hope you are too .. my lovely friend. Hehehe .. glad to know that I'm still your favorite. The Packers won and that's awesome .. I did catch the news on the Internet. Glad you had a great time. Hatley .. maybe next time you have a chance to watch , dear friend. And then you can cheer too.. Have a great day , my favorite ladies.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Feb 11
Looks like alot of athletes need to go back to the 60 and behave like they should and some did back then. Looks like now they are more in for the money than love of the game. So happy to see you here been wondering about you. How is your son ? hope all is well and good . HUgsssssss an d blessingsssssssss
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
My point exactly Lakota! Good to see you too sweets. Hugs and blessing right back at ya!
@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Feb 11
I just knew I got it right lolol hugssssssssssssssss
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 11
Indeed it is very sad like what you have mentioned - the success gets into their big heads for they never understood it's not just about winning the game but setting a good example for others to follow. Sadly, many flicks promote such kinds of things, or maybe just plainly unveiling what was already there in the first place. These movies are influencing our younger generation here as well to the worse
• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
Hey zweeb, nice to see you sweets. That's what I liked about the Ernie Davis film............the excellent example he set in all ways, not just the focus on his athletic ability. Young athletes need to learn that it takes more than talent to be a real hero.
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@zweeb82 (5713)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 11
Yeah, I'm back, haha!~And yeah, talent is not everything. Character above charisma, that's the way it should be.
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@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
For me it is the way you are to be so be keep on the hero in it.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
Works for me ebuscat. Thanks.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
7 Feb 11
A hero is someone who does something because it is the right thing to do. A hero may not even think about the risks involved. A hero doesn't ask for the fame or the glory. A hero is someone to look up to and is worthy of our devotion. So many people are heroes and they don't even know it.
• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
You're my hero sender, for this great response! Thank you.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
6 Feb 11
You are so right. I wish they would remember these things. They think it's all about how much money they can make. How many women they can get to hang all over them and the parties they can throw or the fancy cars they can buy. I wish they would take more pride and have more self respect in themselves and show this at all time on and off of the field. The children and young people look up to them at all times.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
6 Feb 11
Hey sweetie, good to see you. Actually I think today, young athletes are given too much pride and it is their downfall. They need to be taught respect for self and others and not just handed pride on a silver platter.........
• United States
6 Feb 11
I don't know I think they mistake big heads for pride. They work hard but they are too self indulgant. They want way to much. It is so good to see you. We have both been absent for some time.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
It's the coaches, recruiters, scouts, etc. that play on the 'pride in the game, pride in the team, pride in your country' line that gets me. Substitute, RESPECT for pride and there'd be a minimized sense of entitlement and heightened sense of self and self worth and the worth of others. JMO
@gelooo5 (113)
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
What makes people heroes is their willingness to help and extend a hand to their fellowmen who are in need. People need not have super strength or the ability to fly or any superpower for that matter in order to become heroes. I think having a heart that's willing to make sacrifices for a good cause can be our own super power to become heroes. A simple act of kindness or doing of good deeds may be considered heroic acts by people who we extend our help to. We could help the elderly in crossing the street or carrying grocery bags, or help a kid who lost his mommy while strolling at the mall. These simple yet helpful deeds can be ways for us to be heroes in other people's eyes. If you have a person you admire the most because of his/her simple acts of kindness or simply because you just like his/her personality, continue to like them. They can be our heroes---our inspiration.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
Well said gelooo, well said and the kind of hero's you describe are the best kind of all.
• Philippines
7 Feb 11
For you to become hero, you must do great things for the benefit of everybody. Become charismatic so people would be attracted to you, praise you and idolize you.
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
7 Feb 11
I understand what you mean rodmarqc, but unfortunately hero's should be more than just objects to be idolized. They should be people that set good examples in all aspects of life.
@Ladyslipper (1330)
• Philippines
26 Feb 11
It sounds like a very good, inspiring and touching movie. I get too emotional and attached to the characters both in novels and movies causing me to be always at tears. I also love movies with political and social relevance. I watch feel good movies but I'm more of a type of person who loves watching movies that other people consider boring. I love historical movies telling the lives of the great individuals and heroes of the past and even present time. I do hope our athletes today get to see the movie and learn something from it. It's nasty hearing or watching news how this athlete and another one hit each other in the court/ field in front of the public viewers. They are also not being a good example to the youth who are idolizing them and looking up to them.