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The Ideal Role Model: Short Bio of NFL Player Dewey McDonald

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Who would you consider as an ideal role model in your life?  I have someone in mind that I couldn’t help but not brag about; his name is Dewey McDonald.  I’ve seen many people who have abused their privilege as a professional athlete after reaching the big platform. Fortunately, Dewey understands how special it is to make it to this level.  In this article I will give you a brief analysis on his life as well as the impact that he’s making not only on the field but in his community as well.

Dewey was born on June 10, 1990 and grew up in Ranson West Virginia.  At 6-foot tall and weighing in at approximately 229 pounds, it’s safe to say he has the body of a genuine athlete.  McDonald attended Jefferson (WV) High School from 2005-2009.  While playing for the Cougars, he became a three-time all-conference player, three-time all-area, and two-time team MVP.  To make things secure in him and his family’s life, Dewey McDonald wanted to make sure that even if he made it to the NFL he still would have a college education to fall back on.

Fairmont State University and California University of Pennsylvania is where Dewey’s talent was most revealed on and off the field.  While playing football, he was able to impressively earn degrees in Business Management, Sport Management, Marketing, and a Masters in Business Administration.  After playing for the Fairmont State Falcons for three seasons, he then transferred to California University.  He would then record 89 tackles and manage to also return all three of his interceptions for touchdowns.  Those three plays earned him the first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference player to do this in over 10 years.  He also won other numerous honorable awards for his efforts in college football that are too long to mention.

In 2014, he would then be picked up by the Colts of Indianapolis.  After leaving the Colts, McDonald would go to the New England Patriots  and then the Oakland Raiders in the 2015 season.  When the 2016 season rolled around, Dewey made his way to the Seattle Seahawks.  Seattle has been his NFL home since, transforming him from the safety to the linebacker position.  So far in his career, he has played in 32 regular-season games and 5 post-season games.  I asked Dewey what his most memorable moment has been so far in his NFL career.  He said, “Looking up into the stands and seeing my son.”

His parents are Stevie Craig and Debra McDonald, both whom have made an impact in Dewey’s life.  His mother has always been there to keep everything in line and support Dewey no matter what she had to sacrifice.  His father showed him what it’s like being a man who has good principles.  He also stated that his brother Jermar and his grandparents have made a major impact in his life as well.  His #1 role model has been his midget league basketball coach Boone Doleman, who instilled that elite pedigree of hard work, respect, and winning mentality that carried over to every aspect in Dewey’s life.

Dewey started the Dewey McDonald Foundation in 2015 to help aid youth in his native Jefferson County community.  This foundation has produced a flag football league, charity softball tournament, and multi-sports camp.  The foundation has also funded scholarships for both Washington and Jefferson high schools.  This man won’t only have earned respect from people for making it to the top of his sports career, but also in life.  If you ever have an opportunity to put your child in one of his youth leagues, I’d suggest you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Donovan Mitchell Leads Jazz To An Unbelievable Game 4 Win

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The Utah Jazz are on the verge of closing out the series against OKC. Just pause and take that all in. No one would have said the Jazz after losing Gordon Hayward in free agency would be up 3-1 against Russell Westbrook and Paul George. But thanks to Donovan Mitchell that is what we have on our hands.

The Jazz won an old-school physical game 4 against Thunder 113-96 on Monday in Vivint Smart Home Arena to take a 3-1 lead.

Donovan Mitchell scored 33 points, with seven rebounds and four assists behind 13-of-28 shooting from the field. The Jazz announced the guard surpassed Karl Malone’s franchise record for the most points in a playoff game, which the Hall of Famer set in 1986 with 31 points.

“We just stayed within ourselves,” Donovan Mitchell said. “We always say the strength of our team is the strength of our team. I said this morning we’re not really worried about one individual comment. I think if we get caught up in that it takes us out of our own game, and our play showed tonight that we really just focused on each other and made the right plays when we needed to.”

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Giannis Saves The Day With A Clutch Tip In

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The Milwaukee Bucks were down the Boston Celtics 2-1 in the series. But in Game 4, Giannis was determined not to let his squad lose.

The Greek Freak come up with a big play in the final seconds on Sunday. He scored 27 points with 5 seconds left and the Bucks looking at an L.  Malcolm Brogdon’s missed a potential game-winning layup,  Antetokounmpo was able to tip the ball in to steal the win.

Antetokounmpo “made a great tip-in and he was battling for the ball. That’s what great players do,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens.

“One of the most important things that we can carry from this game moving forward is that we stayed disciplined and we trusted one another,” Antetokounmpo said.

Game 5 is Tuesday night in Boston.

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Should Donovan Mitchell Be The ROY

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This year has been a tight race between Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons. Ben Simmons technically redshirted a year. Mitchell has been balling from the jump.

Mitchell has decided to bring the conversation to the forefront with a little shade in the mix.

“I’ll say this. I’ll put it in perspective for people who obviously don’t play in the NBA and don’t know the life of the NBA. So, let’s say you have an exam to take on June 1 and you have a whole year to study for that exam, you’re going to get a pretty good grade on it, aren’t you? But some people may not have all that time to prepare for that exam. So, that’s how I look at it and I hope that puts it in perspective for people.” said Mitchell, “But at the end of the day, we’re in the fourth seed. I got the Defensive Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year on my team, so I’m happy.”

“It’s not Ben’s fault but [Mitchell] is a TRUE rookie. He didn’t have an entire year to train and practice against NBA talent. He didn’t get to sit on a bench and watch film and dedicate [his] life to basketball.

“Donovan’s next best offensive players are Rudy Gobert (spoiler alert DPOY) and Ricky Rubio….. no disrespect but nuff said. Ben has a wealth of monsters and proven offensive guys around that he does an amazing job facilitating for.

“Donovan also lead his team on a 10+ game winning streak [and] average[d] 20+ pts. If you have never done it you don’t know how hard that is for a TRUE ROOKIE. Ben is a future HOF’er and it’s very close but best and most surprising rookie is DONOVAN MITCHELL.. I’ll only concede CO ala JKIDD and GHILL.”

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