Dan Hampton at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 4 (Learning a lesson from Hampton’s mistakes)

Dan Hampton at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Part 4

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No one has more respect for Dan Hampton’s accomplishments than I do. I have written three previous posts about him and they have all been very positive. Today’s post is about learning from Hampton’s mistakes in the past involving alcohol.

He is an amazing person that loves Arkansas deeply. Dan Hampton also cares a lot about young people and I am sure that he would want them to learn from his mistakes. You will notice that Hampton has always participated in the “One for the Kids” program in Chicago. One lesson that kids should learn from his life is to abstain from alcohol. He grew up in a home where his family owned a liquor store and he received 3 DWI convictions in a six year period from 1996 to 2002. In his speech at the Little Rock Touchdown Club Hampton talked about how special Walter Payton and what a close friend he was. When Payton was 40 he attended a Chicago Bear Re-union and Hampton said that Payton looked great but four years later he died. Hampton noted that Payton looked as fit as you could be and it was sad that he died so early (Payton died of primary sclerosing cholangitis,) The crowd got silent when Hampton spoke of this and it was because of the seriousness of the subject of death. Many young people are dying way before their time because of alcohol and that is why I am writing this today.

Wikipedia notes:

Post-NFL

Hampton is a co-host for the syndicated Pro Football Weekly television show which is approaching its 20th season on the air. The show is hosted by a panel, Pro Football Weekly publisher/editor Hub Arkush as well as Chicago sportscaster Pat Boyle, and former Bear Tom Waddle.[15] Hampton was also a color commentator for NFL games on NBC in the early 1990s, and called XFL games for the network in 2001.[16]

On May 22, 2002, Hampton was sentenced in Arkansas for his third DWI in six years. He received a sentence of one week in jail, a $1,000 fine, and was ordered to attend alcohol education courses.[17]

Hampton is part of a Miller Lite and Gridiron Greats promotion to raise funds for retired NFL players in need.[18] He also participates in “One for the Kids” Annual Golf Tournament that raises funds for various charities that support children in the Chicago area.[19] Hampton has also been a spokesperson for companies such as Chevrolet and Firestone.[20]

Hampton is also renowned for coining various catch phrases, such as: “de facto cream-of-the-class, if you will,” “throw it against the pallet to see what sticks,” and “hit that town like Hurricane Katrina.”[21] Hampton later apologized for his Katrina comment.[22]

Driving drunk is stupid. We all can agree on that. Wouldn’t it have been better if Dan had just abstained from alcohol like many others do?

I love the Book of Proverbs and every day I read one chapter of Proverbs. Since there are 31 chapters, I start the 1st of ever month and read chapter 1 and then the next day I read chapter 2 and so on the rest of the month.

John McArthur said:

”First of all, number one issue in gaining wisdom is to fear God…is to fear God. How do you know that? Back in chapter 1 verse 7, we read this, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy one is true understanding.”

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One of the issues I have learned about in Proverbs is concerning the issue of alcohol.

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Bam Margera’s First Interview After Ryan Dunn’s Death

Ryan Dunn and his friends moments before they died.

Flickr user Eric Lewis posted the image below with a caption that says the photo shows what’s left of Dunn’s car.

Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself drinking from a bar. At 2 am he left the bar and a few minutes later he was killed after running off the road in his car.There are three reasons that I do not drink and here they are.First,alcohol has brought a social plague on our country not matched by anything we have ever seen in the past.  I will never forget the day I heard this statistic in 1975:  ”Drunk drivers are responsible for 50% of highway fatalities.”My pastor Adrian Rogers shared that statistic from the pulpit. I was only 14 years old at the time, but I was looking forward to driving. It caused me to realize that I had to abstain from alcohol and try to convince my friends and family to do likewise.Second, the Bible does condemn alcoholic wine. There were three kinds of wine mentioned in the Bible (grapes, grape juice and strong drink). Wine in the cluster which is equal to our grapes. Isaiah 65:8 ” “As the new wine is found in the cluster…”  The point I am making here is very clear. The Bible does refer to nonalcoholic wine which is equal to our grape juice. Don’t take for granted everytime you read the word “wine” in the Bible that it is referring to the kind of wine we are used to today.Next we have the term “strong drink” which is equal to our wine today. Strong drink is condemned. .Proverbs 20:1 states, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. ”

  • WHAT WAS “STRONG DRINK” IN BIBLE TIMES?

Distillation was not discovered until about 1500 A.D. Strong drink and unmixed wine in Bible times was from 3% to 11% alcohol. Dr. John MacArthur says “…since anybody in biblical times who drank unmixed wine (9-11% alcohol) was definitely considered a barbarian, then we dont even need to discuss whether a Christian should drink hard liquor–that is apparent!”

Since wine has 9 to 11% alcohol and one brand 20% alcohol, you should not drink that. Brandy contains 15 to 20% alcohol, so thats out! Hard liquor has 40 to 50% alcohol (80 to 100 proof), and that is obviously excluded!

For documentation on this subject Google “alcohol” with the name of Adrian Rogers or John MacArthur. These theologians  have covered this subject fully with biblical references.

Third, Romans 14:21 states, “It is better not to eat meat (that had been offered to idols) or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.” If a person rejects all the linguistic arguments, there is still Romans 14:21 concerning not causing a weaker brother to stumble..

It is consistent with the ethic of love for believers and unbelievers alike. Because I am an example to others, I will make certain no one ever walks the road of sorrow called alcoholism because they saw me take a drink and assumed, “if it is alright for Everette Hatcher, it is alright for me.” No, I will choose to set an uncompromising example of abstinence because I love them. The fact is that 1 of every 6 drinkers in the USA are problem drinkers. Maybe if my family of 6 drank, that could be me or one of my children?

 

 Another teammate of Hampton’s on that famous 1985 Chicago Bears team also has a sad family story to tell about a brother of his being killed by a drunk driver. Mike Singletary’s story below:

Singletary was born in Houston, Texas. He attended high school at Evan E. Worthing High School in Houston, and he was a star football player there.

Mike Singletary’s father, Charles, was a street preacher who spread the word of God on street corners in Dallas. The family soon settled in Houston. Mike, along with his father, Charles, mother, Rudell, and several brothers and sisters, shared a small wood frame home. Next to their home was a place called the Church of God, a church that Charles Singletary built himself and where he played guitar each Sunday. During the week, Mike’s father worked as a contractor. Between his father’s day job and his devotion to the church, Mike and his father never developed a strong relationship with each other.

Tragedy would soon strike the family. Dale Singletary, the third oldest child, died unexpectedly. Dale had been sleeping in a room with James, another brother. Charles Jr. noticed a funny smell coming from the room. By the time Mike and Charles Jr. were able to break a window, and force entry into the room, fumes from the coal stove had claimed the life of Dale.

As his relationship with his father drifted, Mike’s brother Grady stepped in. Grady filled the void, telling young Mike to stay away from things like drinking beer and smoking cigarettes. During this time, Mike’s father left the house, and moved in with another woman across town. Mike’s interest in playing football peaked each Sunday, as he would watch the Dallas Cowboys every Sunday, and idolized players like Roger Staubach, Bob Lilly, and Lee Roy Jordan. When Mike began to play football as a seventh grader, it was his brother Grady, not father Charles, that would show up to every game, and cheer him on.

Tragedy would soon strike again. Grady, the man who Mike Singletary had looked up at as a father figure, was killed in a six car accident caused by a drunk driver. The drunk driver was the only one who survived the accident.

In ninth grade, Mike was an all-state guard and linebacker. Michael Thomas, Mike’s brother-in-law (married to his sister, Mary Lousie), began to attend all of Mike’s games. As Mike became a star for Worthing High School, an all-black high school, Mike’s mother also became a regular at the football games as well. Despite early concerns about poor grades affecting Mike’s eligibility to play football, his grades improved. After a star career at Worthing, Mike found himself with a scholarship to Baylor University, and would meet the next mentor in his life, Baylor coach Grant Teaff.[1]

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