NFL Gateway To Excellence

Honor Warren Wells TheTorch@dbintayaelSenior Writer IIJune 11, 2009

The Pittsburgh Steelers represent a form of excellence in American society. It is the first time in the history of professional football a team has won six Super Bowls, although they have played in seven of those games which represent the epitome of excellence in professional football.

Most NFL teams send its rookies to the museum as part of their orientation and training for an excellent career in pro sports.

This year, I was there when several rookies from the Pittsburgh Steelers were touring the museum and signing autographs for high school students. 

In order for my students to experience the HOF vicariously, I took many pictures. These articles are posted, printed and shared with the two-year college students.

The goal is to raise the level of expectation of people who need more passion and inspiration to attain excellence in the career of their choice. Examples of excellence in professional football are firing up the classroom in a mathematics class in Houston, Texas.

Young people have been challenged to trace (using mathematics) the careers of selected rookies and to compile and analyze the statistics of their careers. To the extent possible, different ways of looking at the football data are discussed and applied.

The rookies will be the focus of study during the football season are:


Player  Pos.Ht.  Wt. College
Steven Black   WR6-2200Memphis
Jeff Bradley        DT6-3280Western Carolina
Mark Estermeyer   LS6-1251Pittsburgh
Ramon Foster   OT6-5328Tennessee
Cedric Goodman   WR6-2189Georgia
Tyler Grisham WR5-10184Clemson
Tom Korte        LB6-0239Hillsdale (Mich.)
Kevin McCabe   QB6-2209California (Pa.)
Steve McLendon  DT6-3305Troy
Isaac Redman   RB5-10228Bowie State
Mike Reilly  QB6-3214Central Washington 
Derrick Richardson   S5-11201New Mexico State
Andrew SchantzLB6-1234Portland State


Join us in this adventure. Will the Steelers do it again? The bar is set high, but we know that anything is possible, if the rookies work hard and stay focused.

I congratulate the coaching staff for the wisdom they have to give the rookies an opportunity to experience a "gateway" to excellence in American society. The passion, character and excellence in training to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame can be replicated in other careers to produce more professionals who enjoy accolades similar to enshrinement.