Come tomorrow the people of Haiti most likely won’t even know the Super Bowl has been played. The devastation will still seem too great to overcome, and many of the children who’s parents could barely provide for them already, will wake up parentless and unable to find an orphanage that isn’t already full or stripped of all of it’s resources.
Two young men are playing in this game tonight that represent the people and the hope they all so desperately need. Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon, the son of Haitian immigrants and Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma both spent time growing up in south Florida’s “little Haiti”. More importantly both of their extended families and their heritages remain on the island left devastated by the level seven earthquake that struck on January 12th.
It’s two stories that took two vastly different routes to get to the same place at the same time. One starred on a powerhouse Division I football team, the other had a hard time getting into a Division III school, but both have made it to ultimate goal of every football player.
Tonight on football’s biggest stage Pierre Garcon and Jonathan Vilma are representing the Haitian people not to give them hope, but to give us the incentive to provide hope for their families and countrymen.
As we watch two Haitian men fight with their teams to win victory on the football field lets take a look at their stories, and be reminded of those who are fighting for their lives on the island of Haiti.