So far it’s been a truly busy and AMAZING off-season.
First I want to clear something up: When I said "I Will Be The Best Tight End Ever," that was me sharing a personal goal with a group of aspiring student athletes in support of a great program, Sound Mind/Sound Body football academy which mentors them all the way to FULL scholarships at leading colleges and universities. To meet that goal, you have to think of yourself as THE BEST to be the BEST. That's what got me to the NFL and I wish the same for each of them. Nothing more, nothing less.
Here's me and Vontae, and some of the young men at this year's Sound Mind Sound Body mentoring weekend in our hometown, Washington DC. We co-hosted it for our second year and met some promising high school athletes who will be coming to the NFL one day!
What else? This week I made the cover of San Francisco Magazine for their Best of The Bay 2012 issue! It's an honor and I appreciate them for the in-depth story they wrote covering my career, foundation work and business venture with Modern Class Design, my design company.
• I participated in Drew Gooden's Charity Golf Tournament with a bunch of other athletes in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They're a great organization, and I tip my hat to Drew for putting a great day together for everyone.
• I went to the 6th annual Follow Me to the Stars Dinner to support the Moran Norris Foundation. My teammate Moran's foundation supports programs to improve youth dropout, attendance, and conduct issues in Houston through direct community involvement programs.
• Me and a group of other athletes, entrepreneurs, celebrities, and corporate leaders participated in Usher's New Look Foundation's 3rd Annual World Leadership Conference in Atlanta. The program helps groom future leaders through teaching, training and mentoring.
• Last month, The Davis Foundation in partnership with the San Francisco Arts Commission gave away its annual scholarship to a student artist pursuing a degree in the studio arts at the college level. The award went to Niyjale Cummings, a student sculptor and 2012 graduate of Lowell High School in San Francisco. He will be attending the Academy of Art University in the Fall.
• Earlier that day, I participated in the StreetsmARTs mural painting program at the Bayview YMCA in the Bay area. The San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of Public Works to try to help reduce vandalism through public art programs that encourage graffitti as art.
But I have to ask: Did anybody catch the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April? I was there and had the honor to meet General Colon Powell, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Governor Rick Scott of Florida, UN Ambassador Susan Rice, Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, George Stephanopoulos, David Gregory, the Reverend Al Sharpton, America's weatherman Al Roker, Tom Joyner, Gayle King, Sigourney Weaver, and Holly Robinson Peete.
Here i am on the Red Carpet at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
I also have to give a special shout out and thank you to all of the good folks from the McClatchy News table, especially, Kevin McClatchy (even though he's a Jets fan!), David Lightman and White House correspondent William Douglas, who made it possible for me to be there.
Signing off, until next time!