LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - In the 13 years I've already been in this business, I've interacted with plenty of college athletes who were ungrateful and didn't appreciate their gifts and opportunities they'd been given.
But tonight's different.
Sitting here watching players like Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and Shonn Greene get honored reminds me that good guys can come out on top. I have tremendous respect for players like Tebow, who aren't afraid to go speak to prisoners and share their faith. I respect players like Greene, who truly worked his way back to the top. And I respect Bradford, and how you haven't seen his name on the police blotter.
Do this long enough, and it's easy to get jaded and think, "Oh they're all the same."
But these guys stand apart.
You may be from a rival school, and may not even follow these players, but to see guys who know they're blessed to have chances like these is something to admire and celebrate.