Like it or not, professional athletes are role models for boys and young men. But they're also human and make mistakes. Unfortunately too many of them believe their own press or the enablers that defend them when they behave badly.
But every now and then one of them emerges as a real man and uses their mistakes, along with their notoriety as a valuable teaching tool to our young men. Such is the case with Michael Irvin last week, as he was being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Here's what he said at the ceremony:
"I wanted to stand in front of my boys and say, 'Do it like your dad,' like any proud dad would want to. And at that moment, a voice came over me and it said - look up, get up, and don't ever give up."
People who make mistakes, admit them and learn from them can be the best teachers and make this a better East Texas.