; Life is like champagne......: NFL and American Samoa

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

NFL and American Samoa

I watched 60 Minutes on Sunday night and they profiled American Samoa in reference to the percentage of NFL players that are requested from this small island. Interesting story and of course timing it to the Superbowl coming within the next month. If you did not see it, you can find it here.
What bothered me about the story was the fact that the players in the NFL that came from American Samoa did not seem to give back to the community, at least they did not point it out in the story. The only instance they showed was one of the players built a very big home for the parents, looked like it stuck out like a sore thumb in a community that was struggling with the tuna industry to stay and dealing with natural disasters. If the NFL does focus on this island for players, why don't they contribute to the schools with supplies? Even used practice equipment? The story points out the problem with having supplies available, but seem to overcome this issue with determination. I will be curious to see if this story promotes any efforts to help them.

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An English Shepherd said...

The boss says its like that over here with footballers (soccer) they don't always spend the cash wisely :-(

Anonymous said...

Hello, I found your post while trying to get contact info for those NFL players. I contacted the Governor's office in American Samoa after seeing the 60 minutes segment. They are desperate for used equipment and I have started the process of organizing donations here in my town. If you would like to donate any equipment, please contact me and I will let you know the address to send them. I am able to get whatever equipment shipped over to AS.

I am also trying to get in touch with those players to see if they can help me get helmets. If you have any ideas on how to do that I would appreciate it. This is the first time I have done anything like this and appreciate all the help I can get.
Terri in CA