Athletes' good deeds virtually ignored
By John Harris
Monday, March 3, 2008
Ten-year-old Mark Brown-Williams was buried in Detroit on Saturday. The fourth-grader fell through ice atop a tributary Feb. 21. His body was pulled from the water two days later.
Steelers linebacker Larry Foote grew up in Detroit and played on the same frozen river as a youngster. Foote, who has a son not much older than Brown-Williams, was so touched by the tragedy that he paid for the funeral of a boy he didn't know personally.
Foote's generosity received brief play in Pittsburgh and Detroit. It didn't go over big nationally because Foote's benevolence ran counter to how athletes are generally portrayed in the media.
Foote wasn't stopped by police for driving under the influence. He wasn't suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs. He didn't "make it rain" at a ge
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