NFL players also have stories that inspire [Letter]

  • Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Kemoeatu, left, received a kidney from his brother, Ma'ake Kemoeatu, a former Ravens player, in a transplant operation on Aug. 27.
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Kemoeatu, left, received… (Amy Davis, Baltimore Sun )
September 22, 2014

By now, just about everyone knows how much unwanted publicity the NFL has received recently as it deals with player misconduct. So I want thank reporter Aaron Wilson for choosing to report something positive regarding NFL players.

Last month, former Ravens nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu donated a kidney to his younger brother ("Former Ravens DL Ma'ake Kemoeatu successfully donated kidney to his brother, Chris Kemoeatu," Sept. 16).

Chris had been experiencing kidney pain since he was in eighth grade, but he fought through the pain to play out his dream in the NFL. It wasn't until after the 2011 season that the pain became too much and Chris retired.

With the help of Dr. Matthew Weir of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Chris found out he had advanced kidney disease requiring him to have a transplant. That's when his brother stepped in, not even hesitating to end his career with the Ravens to support Chris.

Now, what are the odds that more people heard about this heartwarming story that about the Adrian Peterson scandal? Not very high. But it is important to remember in this controversial time for the NFL that not all football players are criminals.

According to the International Business Times, the NFL's domestic violence arrest rate is significantly lower than the national average. Only six NFL players have been charged with domestic violence since 2013.

So while you're reading the daily headlines about NFL players today getting charged with crimes, remember that the majority of the players aren't bad role models. You just have to look past the negative stories and find those that make a difference.

Emily Brensinger

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