From Fox Sports:
"The dream career for some people would be to play football for the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears or the Washington Redskins.
For Jamaal Green, who once was a defensive end for all three teams, his dream was to one day work in law enforcement. His dream became a reality on Feb. 17, 2008, when he became a U.S. Border Patrol agent in the El Paso area.
"A lot of kids look up to professional athletes as heroes," said Green, who currently works at the Border Patrol checkpoint on Montana Avenue heading towards Carlsbad. "Me, I looked up to law enforcement officers as heroes."
Green, who was born and raised in Camden, N.J., said it was never his boyhood dream to play football. He started playing football during his junior year at Woodrow Wilson High School at the urging of one of the team's coaches.
(cont'd)...It was during a home game with the Redskins that, during a pregame show, Green discovered the U.S. Border Patrol.
"The Border Patrol was at the game doing a pregame show with the National Anthem. They were saluting at the game, and that was the first time I've ever seen the Border Patrol," Green said.
Green, who majored in criminology at the University of Miami, said his wife, Nailah, knew about the agency and once thought about applying there.
"I looked up the Border Patrol and found out what they wanted to accomplish," Green said.
After growing up in Camden and seeing first-hand how drugs and gangs could destroy families, Green said he could make a difference in combating those problems by becoming a Border Patrol agent.
"It's one thing to be talking about it, and another thing to do something and prevent it," Green said."
Don't you just love it when a great life and story come together? Everybody has their purpose in life; some know it better than others, and hopefully most will pursue it. Green's actions tell me that nobody should ever stop searching for their "something" in this world. What a true inspiration.
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