Jon Brockman: A man among boys.
Just when we start to think all college athletes are mostly over-privileged, drug using, class avoiding, womanizing young men, just waiting around for their NBA ship to dock, think otherwise and think University of Washington Husky Jon Brockman.
This mornings Seattle PI (www.seattlepi.nwsource.com) has a great article featuring this young man that describes in detail his commitment to live as a man who not only makes the claim of being a follower of Jesus but also lives it out. Lives it out in an environment where every effort is made to persuade young men to grab the college ”dream” of the wildlife, where athletes get the best of all the parties, the women and if the two Gonzaga basketball players recently busted for drug possession are any indication, they get are even more harmful temptations all around.
Jon Brockman has found a way to stand tall, remain a respected athlete (he is Husky hoop captain as a sophomore) and still maintain a lifestyle that is decidedly Christian.
In a world where many of us who claim to follow Jesus are better at talking it out than walking it out, it was refreshing to read about Brockman this morning and be encouraged that there are still young people who have a lot of the power, money, popularity etc, that seems to be so craved, and yet can live a life that makes a difference.
Obviously Brockman is not alone in his chosen lifestyle. We all know other young people who are distinctly following Jesus and I am grateful to know many of them. Brockman’s story gives some “props” to all young people who march to a different Drummer.
Read the who article here: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/cbasketball/304657_brockman22.html