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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Andrew Luck: Chivalry Still Lives

I have always been inspired when I see young people going out of their way to be polite and helpful. 

Unfortunately, finding chivalry in today's young men is at times a daunting search.

Andrew Luck to our rescue. In case you've never heard of him, Andrew is the QB at Stanford University. He was the Heisman Trophy runner-up last season and he almost certainly would have been the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft on April 28 had he not opted to return for his redshirt junior season, in large part, he said, because he wanted to finish up his degree in architectural design. 

Andrew was recently surrounded by reporters during an interview when he noticed a woman approaching the Stanford athletic building with her hands full. He excused himself from the interview, went over and held the door for her and asked her if she needed help with anything. Apparently she needed to use the restroom so he directed her to the location and cautioned her that they might be cleaning inside. She was very grateful and moved on probably not realizing that one of the most "famous" young men in the state of CA just helped her ...

Andrew returns to the interview, "Please excuse me. Where were we?" 

Now this is not earth-shattering, nor worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize BUT IF ... we could inspire more of our athletes to act like this out of personal conviction ... having formed the habit of being a gentleman ... we will change the world.

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