I grew up on the land of a former slave plantation, And although I didn’t know this as a child. It’s where my great great great grandfather tilled the soil. I’m of mixed race and I represent America.

My story is America’s story. All of our ancestors (unless we’re American Indian) came from another country another culture. Football is a microcosm of America. All races, religions, and creeds, living, playing, competing, side by side. I’m being inducted into the hall of fame. Because my athletic ability created an opportunity for me to excel in the sport I love.

When we open the door for others to compete, we fulfill the promise of one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.

On America’s team, let’s not choose to be against one another, let’s choose to be for one another. My great great great grandfather had no choice. We have one

I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team.

We can be working and living together.

Representing the highest ideals of mankind.

Leading the way for all nations to follow…