The Arizona Cardinals were not just signing another piece to their secondary when they brought William Gay aboard from the Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, they hope to be getting a good player, but will assuredly be getting a good person.
Gay held a youth football camp on Saturday -- free to all young boys ages 6-18. 175 Tallahassee kids took the field with an NFL player, something that could have a much greater affect on them than any of us could ever imagine.
Many NFL players hold camps around the league, but how many of them do it free of cost? Oh, and how many bring their fellow NFL buddies with them for all of the kids to meet?
The 3 1/2 hour session included, Gay, fellow Cardinals corner Crezdon Butler, former Cardinal Bryant McFadden, Ike Taylor, Myron Rolle and Curtis Brown.
Along with teaching each of the kids about football and giving them some helpful hints, they were also provided with lunch and free t-shirts.
Gay also participated in a bowling night and a pool party with the kids. Here is what he had to tell reporters:
"The weekend was a big success and I can't wait until next year. There is nothing more rewarding to me than passing on my knowledge to the youth and giving back to my community."
I may sound like a broken record, but it's nice to see that the Cardinals aren't just signing players for their on-field production. They realize, just as the rest of us do, that off-field endeavors count for just as much.