I attended the discussion at Swarthmore College earlier this month where he talked about the work he does in social activism. I expected to write a blog post about it but I didn’t. Why? Because it didn’t move me.
Obviously, I should have shared what I took away from the discussion but I was already aware of Jenkins’ work. I love his work. I’ve followed his work. He didn’t tell me much I didn’t know about his work but he did share some family details that was great and explains how he was built for this type of work.
In all honesty, I left the event saying to myself, this was for the white folks who wanted to learn about Malcolm Jenkins’ work. That’s not a bad thing, yet it prevented me from reporting on it because I selfishly didn’t leave with a ‘take-away.’
Today we learn that he’s been traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the New Orleans Saint. Again, I don’t have much to say about this because I don’t follow the NFL. Football news means nothing to me.
I’d did take a few photos that’s been collecting digital dust on my hard drive and this new news gives me an opportunity to share.
Two articles appeared in today’s Delaware County Daily Times, one from the Associated Press and the other from a Daily Times reporter. Here is a mash up of the quotes I find important…
Veteran free agent safety Malcolm Jenkins agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Saints. Jenkins, 32, returns to the team that made him a first-round draft choice out of Ohio State in 2009.
In so many ways, it’s the story of Jenkins’ life. It’s not about him, although some will portray him as greedy about issuing an ultimatum to the Eagles to bring his salary in line with the top safeties in the league. No, that’s about respect.
You need players like Jenkins to win football games. You don’t need him making headlines for off the field stuff.
Jenkins was a lightning rod for criticism for his raised fist during the national anthem. I asked him how tough it was taking all that heat to advance social issues. He told me if he didn’t do it, he wouldn’t be able to look his children in the eye. That’s a guy you’d love to have as a neighbor.
For Jenkins, the social activism was about using his voice to make others heard.
The Eagles went 59-43 with Jenkins, including 31-17 and playoff appearances the last three years.
If management can’t see that, well, they aren’t listening.
If you’d like to see the Malcolm Jenkins’ talk…
The AP article…
The Daily Times article…