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Kind Acts are Life Changing


Jun. 2, 2020

Dear Fellow Former Players & Friends,

2020 is proving to be a challenging time in America’s history. Emotions around social justice are high and concerns about a normal way of life after COVID -19 persist. I will never make light of heavy real-life issues, but life will go on. Opportunity exists for another lesson in resiliency and growth.

It’s ok to live in the gravity of the moment, but at the same time be amazed by your kids, laugh with your wife, and share a hotdog with mustard only. Get lost in the creativity and interests of others. Smile at kids playing. Tip your hat to the old guys outside the store. Lend a hand when you can and grow into new spaces.

Even though life has challenges, victories and then more setbacks; living still feels good!

All days aren’t good days. Sometimes I’m irritated and after all these years do things I regret. Still, this is a time to focus on caring for others and approaching life with truth. Keep life simple. Control the things you can control. Pause and listen for direction in the whispers.

Kind acts are life changing. When I was 8 years old, a lady from a rival football club, the Westmont Tigers, offered to pay for my hotdog and Marathon bar. My team, the Palmyra Pals, had lost to Westmont early in the season, but we were at the championship game to cheer for our division rivals. 44 years later I vividly remember her long coat, tone of her voice and smile. After her offer I said, “but I’m for Westmont.” She replied, “I’m for Westmont too.” It was quick, but she made me feel special. It felt good and a little kindness goes a long way.

Accept who you are while putting in honest work to improve. Try to understand others and accept them for who they are and what they believe.

There is no limit to learning and no limit to the joy you can bring others. For years I looked for that woman at Westmont Tiger football games. I never saw her again, but I pay her generosity forward almost every chance I get at a concession stand.

Turning our hearts outward this month is an honorable action… A better way of life is a real opportunity. Action Creates the Opportunity.

Sincerely,

Andre Collins

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NFL Player 1990-1999

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