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Interview with New York Giants linebacker, Jameel McClain.

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Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, they come with a helmet and cleats. When interviewing New York Giants linebacker, Jameel McClain, the focus was meant to be on him and his career.

  • How McClain was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2008 after playing football for Syracuse University.
  • He was the only rookie free agent to make the 53 man roster.
  • The number of games he started and how many tackles he recorded at the end of each season.
  • His speedy recovery from a spinal cord injury which was supposedly a career ending injury.
  • Finally, how he was dropped from the Ravens but was picked right back up by the Giants.

But for someone who has such an amazing story behind his success and has every right to be bragging and boasting about how he’s made it, he was more concerned about bringing more attention to his bookbag drive than anything else.

McClain’s bookbag drive took place in Jersey City, Modell’s Sporting Goods where he was taking pictures, signing autographs and most importantly, making a difference in these children’s lives.

“I enjoy giving back and I know the youth is everything. That’s how the world is going to become a better place. We always talk about change but the best way to create change is to start from the bottom and that’s with the kids,” McClain explained.

He went on to describe the other charity events he sponsors including the full on dinners provided to 53 families, Easter egg hunts, coat drives and summer camps. Growing up in North Philadelphia, he knew what it was like to have absolutely nothing, from sharing clothes to sharing beds, he’s experienced so much so young.

Now that he has been blessed as “the undrafted guy defying odds,” anything he can do to give back to the community, he will do. That’s the definition of a role model, someone who takes on the responsibility of taking care of the youth and helping those in need. He wants everyone to know there is hope and in order to make a change, our hope needs to be strong.

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