Monday, February 14, 2011
Eagles take a stand against bullying
By Matt Mosley
Most of you have probably heard about a 13-year-old boy named Nadin Khoury from Philadelphia who was brutally attacked by seven bigger schoolmates two months ago. ESPN's Rick Reilly watched three Eagles players surprise Khoury on a recent airing of ABC's "The View," and wrote a column about it:
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson, guard Todd Herremans and center Jamaal Jackson were the three players who walked onto the set. DeSean is Khoury's favorite player in the league.
"Khoury seemed at once shocked, overwhelmed and redeemed," writes Reilly. "Where once his chin stuck out as best it could, it now fell open in wonder. He looked like a kid who'd forgotten it was Christmas morning. He wept without wiping his tears. [DeSean] Jackson sat as close to him as possible, as if to make the two one. He praised the boy for his bravery and added, "Anytime ever you need us, I got two linemen right here."
'Nadin's mom cried, Whoopi Goldberg cried, my wife cried and I cried.'
At a time when we're having to read daily stories about a labor dispute, it's refreshing to see that some players feel led to a higher cause. Hopefully Khoury's brave stand against bullying will make a lasting impact.