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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • Raising awareness on many levels

  • For me, it’s not necessarily about a player’s athletic ability, although being in the NFL is a pretty good indication you have some football talent; we Vikings fans are still waiting to find it in some of the players on the field this season, though.
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  • As a fan of professional football I have always had my favorite players – regardless of what team they played for.
    Reggie White was one of my favorites, and his decision to join the Green Bay Packers years ago was a hard one for me to swallow at first, but when they were in the Super Bowl I cheered for them.
    Otherwise I hate the Packers.
    For me, it’s not necessarily about a player’s athletic ability, although being in the NFL is a pretty good indication you have some football talent. (We Vikings fans are still waiting to find it in some of the players on the field this season, though.)
    When a player comes on the scene, especially for teams I follow, I spend time learning about their character.
    I follow players based on how they act on and off the field.
    That is why I was excited when Adrian Peterson came to Minnesota. I consider Number 28 to be a stand-up guy, and, even though he is not perfect, I think he demonstrates strong character traits in his professional and personal life.
    His is an example I think we all could learn from, as he speaks about his faith and how it guides him. So, when another was accused of allegedly beating his child to death I wanted to know how he would handle it.
    The maturity he showed just confirmed my opinion of him.
    Of course, there is a bigger issue here. October is domestic violence awareness month, and even though most likely associate domestic violence with women, the issue is just as prevalent with children.
    Kids are abused every hour of every day, and too many of them are dying as a result.
    It should never hurt to be a kid, and it is my hope Adrian Peterson’s story becomes one that is used to bring the issue of domestic violence into the public eye on a greater level.
    Yesterday marked the end of the first quarter for students in the Redwood Area School District.
    I am really surprised by how quickly the first nine weeks of this school year went.
    I can’t believe the fall sports seasons are nearing their end, and before we know it the winter athletes are going to be starting practices for their season.
    As they say the older you get the faster time goes by, and I can admit, now that I am a 40-something, life is going by at an almost alarming rate.
    I just hope I can keep up.
    I want to express my condolences to Marilyn Bernhardson on the loss of Wally. I have always appreciated my times talking with him over the years.
    Page 2 of 2 - Wally was a good man. I enjoyed his laugh, his intellect and his commitment to those things he was passionate about.
    I had the privilege of attending the first Walk for Life at Inglis Field this past Saturday and was very impressed by the turnout.
    It is my hope this can become the springboard to something much bigger that can help to address the issues facing our kids today. We as a community need to let them know we are there for them, and I think those who were there Saturday heard the message loud and clear.
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