A lot of times we get caught up in following these young kids, these young athletes, building them up to the point of expecting too much of them. For some reason we gleefully rejoice in their failings and scoff at the “nice guys” (see: Tim Tebow, in both cases). We often dehumanize them at the same time we deify them.
This is just a quick story showing these guys can be really good people. I don’t remember Malcolm ever getting into much trouble as a Buckeye, and it’s good to see he’s still such a good, classy kind of guy:
Malcolm Jenkins came in late to the Jim Thorpe Award banquet Monday. On purpose. He didn’t want to upstage Eric Berry, the man of the hour and the 2009 Thorpe Award winner. Jenkins, the 2008 Thorpe winner, knocked down a Peyton Manning pass in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Some 22 hours later, he was at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, to help honor his successor.
Make sure you read the whole thing. Kudos to Malcolm for being a stand-up guy, congrats for winning the Super Bowl and thanks for being a great example of what a Buckeye truly is.