Don't Forget Us, the Good Men in Sports

Mike KentSenior Writer IAugust 2, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 12:  Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets talks with teammate Carlos Delgado #21 against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 12, 2008 at Shea Stadium in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

We all know of Michael Vick, Barry Bonds, Plaxico Burress, and all the guys that give sports a bad name. That being said, we seem to forget about the good guys.


People should know that there are many good guys out there who do good things for the world, and athletes are no different.


Just look at guys like Johan Santana, Carlos Delgado, Peyton Manning, Ryan Howard, Roger Federer, Albert Pujols, Ian Kinsler, and Jamie Moyer. The list goes on and on.


We tend to look at the bad guys in sports, and forget that good guys are out there.


That seems unfair to me. Why do the good guys stay in the shadows? These good men in sports may not be looking for thanks but they are looking to leave a good image and teach about giving back for what you got.


How many of us said when we were young that we would donate a million dollars to charity if we were rich?


I know I said it, and I would like to think that I am not alone.


Does anyone know of Johan Santana off the field?


If he took steroids, would you know?


I bet we would all remember if we were told he took steroids.


How many of you knew that the man has a wine named after him? Its profits are donated to his foundation for his poor home town in Venezuela.


And how many of us know that Carlos Delgado and his wife, Betzaida, are running a foundation call "Extra Bases"? What about the fact that Carlos is also a member of the NY action team, a national youth volunteer program? I bet that not many of us knew that.


How many of us know A-Rod, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa took steroids? I think most, if not all of us knew that.


We forget the nice things some people do, but we always remember the bad. Why is that?


Why are we looking for the bad guys we can hate, instead of looking for good guys that are right in front of are eyes?


I am not saying it's are fault, we were raise to suspect all athletes for the worst things. And that it thanks to the athletes who do bad things.


But I think we can fix it, I think we can change and try to be more positive people


Lets all stop for a minute and think what is the right thing to do and then put players like Santana and Delgado in front of players like A-Rod, Plaxico Burress and Michal Vick.


I think it is all about being a more positive person and trying to look at the positive people in sports.


I'm not saying that we should turn the blind eye to the Sammy Sosa's of the world and forget it happened. I'm just saying to remember the good at least as much as we remember the bad, if not more.

If you look at all the athletes in the world you will see that there are many more good guys then bad guys.


I think it's the right thing to do, and I would love to hear what you think.