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Freedom Over Texas

Posted: July 5, 2013 in 2013 Events & Posts

On July4th myself and two fellow Former Players, Ricardo McDonald and Mickey Washington attended the Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas event here in Houston, TX.   We were out representing our local NFLPA Former Players Houston chapter. The chapter got the invite to participate from the Office of Mayor Annise Parker.  We had a great time out signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.


Rolling Street Hot Rod on a Golf Cart.

You got to see it to believe it. We were riding in our golf cart as if we were in a Bentley, driver and all. We came to a 4 way intersection and needed to make a left turn.  So the driver gets in the turning lane waiting for the light to turn green. It turns green he then puts out his left hand to signal that we are turning.

I said to myself “How much is my life insurance policy, somebody tell wife and kids I love em.”

So we make the turn and the driver is giving us a brief history lesson. I just keep focusing on looking for oncoming cars. Maybe I would have time to jump out. I still got some football quick’s in me. LOL. The great thing is that I got it on film. Check the video out at

No, Golf cart with driver at the conclusion of our session. Instead we had to walk back. It was me and the McDonald Family footing it across a lake of people.

We dipped through the V.I.P. a.k.a the Red band section. We got stopped by this guy telling us we couldn’t go that route. But in the end we did go behind stage and saw this guy almost crash face first into the ground.  I am guessing he was running to his car.  He stepped in a whole but he caught himself.  No injuries reported plus if he had fallen it would have been ugly.

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The Flowers and a Prayer

So, I few months back my family and I went to the store to do some grocery shopping.

While we were there my 4yr old daughter had a revelation of her own. That same week her class were learning about plants and flowers. During this revelation of hers she thought it would be great if we planted some flowers at home so that the sun, water and the earth could help the seed grow into a flower.

Well like the great dad that I am I immediately came up with five to ten reasons why this was not a good idea. But before I could verbalize all of my great thoughts the Wesley Board of Trustees banded together to make operation “Flower Planting” a go. Yes, I was out number by a 4yr girl and a 2yr old boy who had no idea of what was going on but joined in to cast his vote by saying “Daddy, I want some flowers too. Buy me some.”

Now, my usual partner in the “No vote” jumped ship. She went with kids. My wife sold me out.  So, long story short we got a few packets of flower to plant at the house.

Now, in the front of our home we have a small place for a flower garden. This area gets almost too much sunlight. Plus it seems that when they were building the house the builders left concrete sand under the ground were the garden is.  We have tried to plant a few flowers in there but to no avail after a few weeks they would just shrivel up because the underneath sand would not let the flowers root get strong enough to stand.

When we got home I got with the kids and we planted the flowers in small flower pots. They loved it. They were no help but I let them play in the water and get all wet up.  It was a spur of the moment splash day.

A few weeks later the flowers had out grown the pots. It was time to put them in the ground. So knowing all of the issue we have had in the past with the garden ground I thought I would do something different. I wet the ground and before I put the plants in the ground knelt down and said this prayer

“My father who art in haven, I am down here about to plant these flowers today. Now I just want to let you that these flowers have to live because if they don’t my kids will be disappointed and I will have to hear how bad of a job I did of planting these flowers from my wife. So, God I don’t really want to my kids to be disappointed but worse you know I don’t want to hear my wife tell everybody how I killed the kids flowers. So in Jesus name I pray, bless this ground and blossoms these flowers so that they magnify the name of the Lord. Amen.”

So here we are fresh into summer about four months later.  The flowers looking good and plus I got these sunflowers for myself. I wanted to see how huge they would get.

So, just so you know God answered my prayer.