Vontae Davis aids Rwanda hearing mission

A couple hours ago, I wasn't feeling too good about the NFL atmosphere, what with all the headlines about gunplay and underage prostitution and heroin and purple drank and lawsuits and labor sniping.

That, of course, shouldn't taint all NFL people.

Vo. DavisVo. DavisAdmirable acts are being carried out every day by players, teams and the league.

Freelance writer Steve Terrill wrote a feature about a group of nine players who spent a month touring Rwanda with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to fit functionally deaf people with hearing aids.

Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis was part of the group, along with his brother, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

"The first time I helped someone to hear, I was so moved. I was emotional," Fitzgerald told Terrill. "To see a child hear their mother's voice for the first time and see their family's reaction is one of the moments I will never forget. We all have basic needs, and hearing is one of those needs."

If you're feeling a bit jaded about what's going on with the NFL these days, do yourself a favor and read this piece. It will do your football conscience some good.