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From My View For November 20

November 20, 2019
By Bruce Crawford - Staff Writer , Wetzel Chronicle

A "role model" is defined as a prominent person whose behavior, habits or accomplishments are copied by others. The term "role model" often compare themselves with notable, public figures when evaluating their own attitudes and values.

I heard a sermon just a couple weeks ago, that mention Honus Wagner, a former Pittsburgh Pirate. Some say one of the best professional baseball players of all time.

Back in his day, he was a gifted player that played from 1900-1917 for the Pirates. His .327 life-time batting average is remarkable. He also stole over 600 batters and a slugging percentage of .475 with 3,000-hits in 8,507 at bats, with 506-doubles, 210-triples and 78-home runs and 1,375-RBI's.

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In his day, Wagner refused to allow production of his baseball card to continue, because he didn't want his kids to buy cigarette packs to get his card. It was reported that he didn't care to have his mug on a package of cigarettes and threaten legal action if they went ahead and created his baseball card.

It looked like at the time, he was a role-model, because he took a stand on tobacco, but on the field and off the field, athletes Americans both young and old, have no problem identifying one or two favorite athletes that have caught their attention as well as their admiration.

It was awesome that he didn't want to be labeled as a role-model from a picture of him on a pack of cigarettes, and didn't want it to influence the young kids made him a role-model from the past.

There is also plenty of debate on whether we should treat athletes as role models and try to copy their behaviors as a roadmap for our own lives. Children, especially those playing sports, are very impressionable to these superstars as they learn themselves, how to contribute to a team or their family. That in itself is wonderful, but what does that have to do with being a role-model.

During my time, I was a Cincinnati Red fan, and loved Pete Rose (Charlie-Hustle). The way he played the game of baseball was just awesome to me, but years later he was removed from baseball because he bet on the game.

Although he bet on the game, I still admired him, but not as a role-model), except on how he played the game.

There are many people young and old that has had a role-model or two in their life. I hope we don't see in them to their every day things they do. Just like myself, I loved the way Pete Rose played the game, but didn't label him a role-model at all.

When I got married I watched many people in my life and used my wifes uncle Keith, and my coach Gard Curtis as a role model as a husband, father and coach I would wanted to be like. I could have used many others, but when I was around the these men, I said to myself if I can be a lot like him, I would fill my life would be okay.

I'm sure they all had ghosts, as I know one fits the role model like our Lord Jesus Christ. He never committed sin, I know we all try, but all fall short, but to know he is always there for us to talk with him when the going is tough, or anything else. He is a great listener.

I know I told all my sons, that I have learned from my father's mistakes, and for them to learn from my mine. And one day we will try real hard to make it right.That's what I hope we all do. It's great to have a positive role model in your life.

The kids now a day have role models, I remember not to long ago Mark Cisar was a lot of young kids role-model they wanted to be like. Mark was indeed a great model for our young kids. He was a 2-time Kennedy Award Winner as well as a great baseball player, and basketball standout too while participating in sports in school. There was also Mark Winters that young boys and girls looked up to when they played at Magnolia High School. I know there were many more boys and girls that the young kids looked up to.

Nothing wrong with that. They all were great role models of the sports they played.

There are some many great role models out there in this world, like I always try to do in getting out Wetzel Chronicle sports readers to do. Let me here of some of your role models in your life, I would love to here about them.

Professional athletes have been a prominent fixture in this country's culture for a long time. Americans both young and old, have no problem identifying one or two favorite athletes that have caught their attention as well as their admiration. Children, especially those playing sports, are very impressionable to these superstars as they learn themselves, how to contribute to a team or their family.

Not all athletes display high moral values or bring positive change to their communities. Athletes are human beings who sometimes make mistakes and display poor judgment.

Although, I believe Athletes should be applauded for their athletic achievements, it's up to us to be role models and teach our children about morals, values, and goals through meaningful, in-person relationships. They can and should, watch and learn on how they play the game, but don't let the kids rely on their admired athletes to do the role-model job. (help me with this ending, it doesn't sound to good. THANKS

 
 
 

 

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