The Passing of Former Bills QB Jack Kemp and the Sad Reality I Faced

Ryan MichaelSenior Writer IIIMay 2, 2009

On Saturday May 2, 2009, the world lost a fine man.

Earlier today, former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jack Kemp passed away. The details are yet to be revealed although his battle with cancer has been well documented.

For those of you who might not be familiar with Jack Kemp's career, he was one of the finer quarterbacks during the original days of the American Football League.

He was a seven time AFL All-Star (the equivalent to today's Pro Bowl), the AFL MVP of 1965, and a two-time AFL Champion (1964-65), winning the 1965 AFL Championship's MVP award.

He later carried the success he achieved during his football career into the world of politics.

While many of us sports fans knew Jack Kemp as the Buffalo Bills' quarterback, many other people knew Mr. Kemp as a long-time member of the House of Representatives and a man who served as the United States' Secretary of Urban Housing and Development under former president George H.W. Bush.

His contributions to the sport of football were only exceeded by his time and devotion in the political world. Earlier in his life, Jack Kemp entertained us with his performance on the football field, in later years he became a great servant of our country.

His passing brought forth a grim reality for myself personally.

Over the past few months, I have attempted to get in contact with some famous sports figures in the hopes that they might have interest in doing an exclusive interview with me for Bleacher Report.

Mr. Kemp was one of the first people who came to mind.

I felt that an interview with a man who led such an interesting life both in the world of sports and politics might prove to be an informative and educational experience.

However, I myself became a victim of my own ignorance. I was not aware that Mr. Kemp's physical condition had taken a turn for the worse.

A few weeks ago, I contacted his spokeswoman Bona Park in an effort to see if Mr. Kemp might have interest in doing an interview. It was Bona Park who informed me that Mr. Kemp would be unable to do the interview do to his physical condition.

I was not disappointed in the fact that the interview could not be done. Rather, I was saddened that a man whom I admired was dealing with things far more significant than any article I will ever publish.

I respectfully thanked Bona Park for taking the time to write back to me and asked (if possible) for her to pass along the fact that Jack Kemp would be in my thoughts and prayers.

I did in fact pray for the health and well being of this great man who has since passed.

When I went to check as I usually do, I became quite saddened with the news of Jack Kemp's passing.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Kemp family and everyone who was close to him.

May his legacy serve as an inspirational example to those of us who value the courageous success of humanity. Jack Kemp's life and career can be considered by many to be a blueprint for those of us who aspire to achieve great things, regardless of the venue in which we choose to do so.

While we have lost one of the finest sports figures you will ever read about, the legacy he has left behind will withstand the test of time.

Thank you Jack Kemp, you will be sorely missed.