This entire article is something you simply must read. This is a wonderful expose on Jake Plummer’s commitment to being as human as he knows how to be. He was a quarterback in the NFL and walked away from a $5M contract because it wasn’t making him happy anymore.
In April 2004 Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. Two weeks later, at the funeral, Jake [Plummer] walked to the podium wearing a suit and, in honor of his friend, flip-flops. He had been mulling what to say for weeks, and though at the time he meant the words as a testimonial to his friend, in hindsight they hinted at the path Plummer would choose. “I was in the store the other day and I saw PEOPLE magazine, and it had the cover of the 50 most beautiful people in the world, or America, and there was a picture of Pat,” Plummer said. “It was kind of ironic because I really looked and said, What is beauty? Is beauty a pretty face, a nice smile, flowing hair, nice skin? Not to me, its not. To me beauty is living life to higher standards, stronger morals and ethics and believing in them, whether people tell you youre right or wrong. Beauty is not wasting a day. Beauty is noticing lifes little intricacies and taking time out of your busy day to really enjoy those little intricacies. Beauty is being real, being genuine, being pure with no facade—what you see is what you get. Beauty is expanding your mind, always seeking knowledge, not being content, always going after something and challenging yourself.”
via YOU HAVE TO WONDER WHY A RED-BLOODED – 02.14.11 – SI Vault.