With all the Me! Me! Me! athletes in pro sports looking for attention, it's so refreshing to see an NFL player quietly focused on humanitarian work. While other guys were going to college football games and hanging out with their family, Madieu Williams of the Minnesota Vikings did this on his bye week:
He traveled back to his alma mater, the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., for an all-day meeting with Robert Gold, the dean of the School of Public Health, and 40 local and national experts in the field of delivering health care to underserved communities in this country and the Third World. He then endowed the new Madieu Williams Center for Global Health Initiatives with $2 million out of his pocket, said a few words afterward for consumption by a little media availed of his good deed, and then disappeared back into a life of anonymity -- as anonymous as a pro athlete can be -- that he prefers.
If only he didn't have the sports' biggest Me! Me! Me! player quarterbacking his team, I just might cheer for the guys in purple.