Miami Dolphins: Davone Bess Is Voluntarily Digging Ditches in Costa Rica

Carlos SandovalAnalyst IIIMay 31, 2011

MIAMI - OCTOBER 4: Davone Bess #15 of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch against Jonathan Wilhite #24 of the New England Patriots at Sun Life Field on October 4, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The NFL lockout has caused a ton of negative reaction from fans. While we're out, working our butts off for five-figure salaries, the players and owners are struggling to find a way to distribute billions amongst themselves.

Even more daunting is that both sides are thinking the other side is selfish. And while players and owners are arguing, we're seeing other players having a hard time staying out of trouble or having an even harder time doing something productive.

However, we also get the heart-warming stories, and luckily for Dolphins fans (DolFans!), there's a good Samaritan coming from South Beach, inspiring those who are less fortunate to better themselves despite the abundant adversity that surrounds them.

Recently, reporters caught up with Dolphins wide-out Davone Bess, who has been in Costa Rica, digging ditches for drainage and laying tiles for areas stricken by poverty.

Davone Bess' volunteerism doesn't stop there. He has been extremely active in inner-city areas across the nation, including his hometown of Oakland, California, where he set up charity events to raise funding for sports programs in urban areas.

This story reveals such a heartwarming side to a cold lockout that distances players and owners from the fans who support the sport, forcing those who idolize the superb athletes see the sport in a new, much darker light. It's a good read—definitely worth your time.

Regardless, this is something fans want to hear about. Because in the midst of a multi-billion dollar corporation figuring out ways to separate their millions, there are still players who realize they're fortunate enough to be playing the sport and don't mind giving back to the fans who so effervescently support professional football, despite barely having the financial means to support themselves.

Davone Bess gets that he's truly blessed with extreme talent and even more blessed to be cashing in on it. The rationale behind this is that players should realize how fortunate they are to play football for million-dollar contracts and owners should realize they're fortunate enough to own the teams that rake in so much revenue.

It doesn't hurt to give back to the community which supports you. And if you can't do it financially, why not take some time out to give back to those less fortunate?

Why not touch a youngster who is at risk because his environmental influences only and help to steer them in the right direction, even if the rate at which you can do so is nominal?

Why not travel the country and lend a hand to those who are struggling to hold their own during rainy seasons, much like cities in Costa Rica do?

Why not lend some of your influence, if you prefer not to lend some of your money, to those who really need it, instead of casting a bleak picture of the sport that millions across the globe so enviously follow by establishing a vernacular filled with phrases such as "modern slavery" and "money lost" while arguing over billions of dollars?

Why not use your figurative powers for good instead of greed?

Davone Bess gets this concept. And it's a good thing Bess is a hell of a player; it's an even better thing that he's a hell of a citizen.

Thank you, Davone.

Carlos Sandoval is co-host of weekly NFL podcast, The Pigeon Toe. You can check out the latest episode here! Also, follow him on Twitter @CarloshSandoval.