Former Seattle Seahawk T.J. Duckett has waited two years to shave off his beard. And he’s doing it for charity.
Duckett, an American football running back, had been involved in philanthropic fundraising throughout his athletic career. However, when he was abruptly released from the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, he used the humbling experience to expand his efforts and focus on community outreach and giving back.
He started growing his current beard around 2009, the same year his career in professional football took an turn — he was waived from the Seattle Seahawk’s roster. He found himself rethinking his choices in life.
Duckett told HuffPost, “I lost a sense of who I was. But once I started to get rid of myself… I began to get a sense of self-worth. With football, and I think with any job, you get caught up in it and it starts to run your life — consumes it. When it was taken away from me, I had to think, ‘now what am I about?’”
He knew that he liked to help others. He’s no stranger to charity — after his mother died from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2000, he set up the TD Foundation to help women with cancer and their families.
He also had been participating in annual fundraising for St. Baldrick’s Foundation since 2005, growing out a beard and directing anyone who noticed to a donation fund. He grew a beard throughout each football season and then would shave it off at an event, donating the funds he accumulated for the charity.
Duckett realized that those moments of giving back were more important to him than his past occupations.Seahawks 12th Man Army has now gone mobile! Go to http://www.noticeorange.com/r/Seahawks12thManArmy to get an app for your phone. It's free and it has alerts so that you'll know whenever Seahawks 12th Man Army has anything new. What could be better?
Tags: American Football, Athletic Career, Beard, cancer, Charity, Choices In Life, Community Outreach, Donation Fund, Football Season, Lymphoma, Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, Occupations, Philanthropic Fundraising, Professional Football, Seattle Seahawk, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, Self Worth, St Baldrick, Stranger, T J Duckett
Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..