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Friday, October 4, 2013
Morning Stripes: Law Firm on leadership

By Coley Harvey

CINCINNATI -- This week, Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis spent part of a day visiting with a pair of eighth-grade social studies classes at a school a 45-minute drive east of Paul Brown Stadium.

It was a rather fitting task for a player who spent four seasons living and working in the city that served as the birthplace of the American Revolution; the same city that taught him a thing or two about leading charges for personal and team growth and change. So fittingly, in this same week Green-Ellis faces his old team that plays in the city that birthed some of the country's first leaders, he used "leadership" as the basis of his conversations with the students at St. Andrew School.

"A leader is someone you can depend on, always looking for the better whole of the class," said Green-Ellis, the player whose long, official-sounding name has given him the nickname "The Law Firm." "He or she puts the class first and isn't just running for [class] president to get their picture in the class yearbook."

Those comments come from's Geoff Hobson, who attended Green-Ellis' school visit. It is Hobson's story where we turn to kick off Friday's Morning Stripes:
More good stuff from Green-Ellis's school visit (via Hobson): "If you don't trust in your leaders, you fall by the wayside. You're just as important as the leaders. The followers are just as important as the leaders, because that's who's going to help them out. You can't just follow them 85 percent. If you trust them, trust in their decisions that they're making, it has to be 100 percent."

Good morning.