CAN I GET AN AMEN: A Patriots Super Bowl Ring Saves Orphanage in Thailand

Time for our “CAN I GET AN AMEN” story of the day!  At “THE MORNING BULL” we believe in the power of positivity.  We believe there are more good people than bad in the world, and we believe that goodness should be celebrated when you find it!

Jerod Cherry is a three-time Super Bowl winning former football player for the New England Patriots.  Jerod has had quite a journey, he grew up poor in Oakland and Berkley, California – so poor in fact that he tells the story of not having a telephone at home – so college recruiters couldn’t even call him and his family to offer a scholarship.  So Jerod stayed at his home school of Cal-Berkely where he played college football and earned a masters degree in education.  Then Jerod got drafted and wound up playing for the Patriots just as they started a string of three Super Bowls wins in four years in 2001.

…But Jeord said even after all the Super Bowl success he knew there had to be more to life – so yesterday he was telling the story about how he was attending a religious youth conference in 2008. When he ran into a staffer named Courtney Cherest.  Now Courtney was actually a Peyton Manning fan and something of a Tom Brady hater – but she knew about Jerod and his success, since he walked by her wearing his Super Bowl rings.  So Courtney yelled at him “Hey, man, are you going to give up one of those rings”.  When Jerod stopped, she explained that the teens at the conference had fallen $20,000 short of their goal to build an orphanage in Thailand.

Jerod said he kinda chuckled and kept walking to his room, but that night he said he couldn’t sleep, not a wink all night.  He kept thinking about the little kid who earlier in the day had given everything he had – 55 cents –  to fund raiser.  He said he kept tossing and turning and finally decided that he would give his first Super Bowl Ring – the one that was most special to him, the one that was hardest to win, the one that had the toughest grind associated with it.  Jerod gave it away and by doing so he raised $180,000 dollars to get the orphanage built.

Jerod said he knew “I’d better give my best and what I care about the most.'” – and it was that first Super Bowl ring.  And interestingly enough, it was a conversation with Tom Brady that helped bring in that amount of money.  As Tom indirectly set Jerod up with a raffle site he’d used for memorabilia – so even regular folks could by a chance at winning the ring by buying  a $2 raffle ticket.  The record $180,000 dollars raised not only finished building the orphanage but also funded several different charities that center on making life better for children in American and around the world.

As was mentioned by ESPN,  when we think back about that Patriots victory over The Rams – there is no doubt that Tom Brady was the most valuable player that night. But, Jerod Cherry, is “the Patriot who owns — or used to own — the most valuable ring in Super Bowl history.”

So where ever you are…in the kitchen or in the car – Can you throw your hand in the air… “CAN I GET AN AMEN”… – Focused on The Good it’s the Morning Bull, and if you ever see a story you think would make a great amen – email it in to us at george@thebullhouston

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