I often think “Am I strong enough…” and I answer myself with a phrase often said, “God gives you what you can handle.” “Why does God have so much confidence in me?” I can only come up with one answer: Faith!
To my cousin Stephanie: You ARE strong and though your heart is broken, it will heal. It won't be today or tomorrow but when the time is right. You are strong! You are an inspiration. Continue to be an awesome woman. Cameron will be in your heart forever!
As an organ donor Cameron was able to give life to others through his passing. Giving life is the ultimate gift. I encourage anyone who can to be an organ donor to register in your state. I am an organ donor because I hope someday the small step it takes to become an organ donor will make a big difference to somebody else. http://organdonor.gov
This blog is dedicated to my cousin Cameron Arthur Robinett.
To John & Loretta, Stephanie & Justin: Your son & brother went home to God sooner than any of us would have expected. One day the sadness in our hearts will be replaced with the joys he gave while he was here with us.
This past year I have been able to spend time with Jeff Locke, punter for the Minnesota Vikings. I have leaned off the gridiron he is an avid golfer, plays soccer and video games. Jeff is a cool, down to earth guy with a passion for others; weather it is teaching my young nephew and his cousin soccer skills, meeting my friend and her son who are big Viking fans at training camp or giving back to the community.
When Jeff came to the Minnesota Vikings in 2013 he donned the #12. The rookie didn’t wear the number long because a few weeks later when the Vikings signed quarterback Josh Freeman he wanted the #12 jersey. Now I know you don’t see many people wearing a punter’s jersey, however one of Jeff’s biggest fans, my dad, had just received his #12 jersey when the story broke about the change. The NFL shop offered my dad a discount if he wanted to order a new jersey with Locke’s #18. (He did) Jeff’s #12 jersey now hangs by the jerseys of the Minnesota Vikings Purple People Eaters (Eller, Larsen, Marshall, and Page) in my dad’s collection.
What many people didn’t know is the #12 came with a price tag of $10,000. Locke sold the rights to the number #12 and willing switched to #18, which he wore at UCLA.
What to do with $10,000? You might think the 24 year old (at the time) would spend it on a new toy of some sort, golf green fees or maybe a vacation. This was not the case for Jeff, he donated it! The $10,000 was donated to the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in November of 2013.
This summer Jeff played in the Tee it Up for the Troops Longest Day of Golf. As an avid golfer he played from the crack of dawn until sunset. As a golfer this was something he had no problem doing.
Why post this today? I saw a post last week that Jeff wrote on Sportsblog.com and it explains more about why the military is is near and dear to this punters heart.
At a time when the Minnesota Vikings have been going through some bad press due to player misconduct, I think about the player that doesn’t get drafted in Fantasy Football or have hundreds of people wearing his jersey, and the friend who will kick around a soccer ball with a group of kids simply because he enjoys the game or do something to make a positive impact in the lives of other people.