Apr 162014
 
 April 16, 2014  Posted by  Appearances, Events Tagged with: ,  Comments Off

world-class-athlete

First of a Sports and Society Series

A Panel Discussion Featuring:

Harry Carson, Victor Cruz, and Michael Strahan

May 7, 2014 • 7:00 p.m.

Location: Tishman Auditorium, NYU Law School–Vanderbilt Hall
40 Washington Square South (btw. MacDougal and Sullivan Streets), New York, NY

Doors Open: 6:15 p.m. – Panel Discussion: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Admission: Free   –   Register Here

NYU Sports and Society offers a unique opportunity to spend an evening with a trio of beloved, current and former NY Giants, who will discuss what it’s like to play for this legendary team and how their experiences have affected them personally and professionally.

Today’s athletes live in a world where every comment they make is instantly available worldwide–immediate fodder for social media, the 24-hour-a-day sports news cycle, and office gossip. As invincible as athletes appear on the playing field, they often experience a sense of vulnerability and exposure. Harry Carson, Victor Cruz, and Michael Strahan will provide an insider’s look at their lives and careers;the pressures, the challenges, the bonding, and the expectations of them as leaders and role models for sports fans across the country.

Moderated by NYU University professor, director of Public Dialogues at NYUSCPS, and NYU Sports and Society founder and chairman Arthur R. Miller, the panel will explore how these three world-class athletes deal with the difficult decisions and challenging circumstances that are the result of their extraordinary gifts, remarkable careers, and resultant fame. This spirited dialogue will focus on how three generations of Super Bowl champions strive to build a lasting legacy of integrity, leadership, and sportsmanship.

Join us for an incredibly informative and entertaining evening.

Register Now

Oct 012013
 
 October 1, 2013  Posted by  In The News, Media, Video Tagged with: , , , , ,  1 Response »

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

The National Football League, a multibillion-dollar commercial juggernaut, presides over America’s indisputable national pastime. But the NFL is under assault: thousands of former players have claimed the league tried to cover up how football inflicted long-term brain injuries on many players. What did the NFL know, and when did it know it? In a special two-hour investigation, FRONTLINE reveals the hidden story of the NFL and brain injuries.

Jun 042013
 
 June 4, 2013  Posted by  Opinions Comments Off

Was very sadden to learn that a true “Lion” of the game passed away yesterday. David “Deacon” Jones was the epitome of what defense was in the National Football League and the game of football “back in the day” when football was really football. Much will be written by others about his on the field exploits, I will miss yet always remember his booming voice whenever he was present.

When I was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame new inductees attended a luncheon named after Green Bay Packers great Ray Nitschke with other Hall of Fame members. At the luncheon the new inductees could not speak, instead the seasoned members had the floor and shared with everyone in the room what the game of football and being a Hall of Fame member meant to them. I remember clearly how Deacon took the floor spoke with such passion as if he was in the confines of the locker room or in the huddle. He spoke of his love for the game but also of his love for his teammates and how he would do it all again in a heartbeat. From the tone of his voice I knew Deacon Jones the proud Lion loved the game but he also loved leaving a legacy for others like Reggie White or a Lawrence Taylor to strive to emulate on the football field.

I was proud to know that Deacon played at my alma mater South Carolina State where we played the same position, defensive end. I use to tease him that we probably wore the same number but it wasn’t until I wore the number that the school chose to retire the jersey. My teasing never got under his skin but he always had a good comeback to shut me up! I cherished every moment I spent with him and was very much honored to know him. Most important I am honored to be able to call David “Deacon” Jones my friend.

There is one thing my wife and I know for certain, wherever “Deacon” is right now we are certain that he is having a good time!