Sometimes the public doesn't see the less publicized side of the NFL; one that is typically all about the X's and O's.
Recently there were three noteworthy Oakland Raider players who made an appearance at a cause related event. They showed that the Raiders have turned a corner with admirable players as well as admirable citizens.
If these guys are any indication of the direction the team is going then the future is looking even brighter.
Three members of the current Oakland Raiders (future La Raiders?) Marcel Reece, Charles Woodson and Justin Tuck stood proud to represent what a Raiders player can be and strive to achieve beyond accomplishments on the gridiron.
The legendary work-ethic driven Safety Charles Woodson, Defensive End Justin Tuck and Full Back Marcel Reece offered a glimpse of what deal Raider/ citizens can look like when they showed up at a dinner event that championed a great cause - "Girls Incorporated of Alameda County®" (Girls Inc.). Girls Inc. achieves big things as a nonprofit organization that succeeds in engaging and motivating girls to be outstanding, smart, strong and bold and to accomplish whatever they can dream of.
Eighteen young women where highlighted for exceptional achievement and as a representation of what girls can rise to achieve, they each were active participants in the Girls College Access Now (CAN) program. These young women will be parting for their respective colleges just around the corner and the majority of them will be the very first person in their families to go to a major university. At the dinner celebration, Raiders Charles Woodson, Justin Tuck and Marcel Reece assisted the organization in recognizing the girls along with presenting each with well-deserved goodies such as computers, and other items an aspiring student may need as she goes off to school.
This was an occasion worth celebrating for many reasons and although it was a minor news story in the grander scheme of larger newsworthy events it spoke volumes about these Raiders players supporting an excellent cause for tomorrows women and the possibilities that await them.
These three athletes and rising model citizens have admirable personal credentials, on and off the field, and represent a new direction of leaders in the Raider family. Raiders owner Davis should be very pleased and proud of the men. An owner such as Marc Davis couldn't ask for more outside the football arena.
Charles Woodson has certainly accomplished a lot on and off the field. Hes won a Super Bowl with the Packers and now has his sights on leading the Riders to the same result. at the same time he takes the time o get involved with charitable giving and showing support for exceptional causes in his free time.
Marcel Reece is a guy that puts his head down and accomplishes what needs to be done as a player and now as a representative off the field for the raiders. He epitomizes the quintessential team player in all respects.
Justin Tuck is new to the Raider Organization but is clearly off on the right foot. He has a great reputation and his actions on and off the field are an inspiration to fellow Raiders teammates.
The Raiders are represented well in these three outstanding individuals. The 20215 season is shaping up to be an exciting season and these three are leading the way.