This is a special day, so please indulge me on being "off topic" this one time.
It's been about a year since Cris invited me to share my thoughts with you regarding the NFL, from the perspective of a former role player and special teams guy. I knew I would learn a lot from the other contributers, but I have been blown away by the level of intelligence and civility of all the members and guests of this site. Thank you.
On this Independence Day, I would also like to give thanks to all of our warriors around the world. These brave men and women are the best in the world. I never thought a generation could be a great as the World War II generation, but I was wrong.
Since I've gone way "off topic", I may as well go further.
I have always looked to others for inspiration. The stories of what man can overcome never ceases to amaze me. Many of these stories have helped me achieve my dreams, and continue to do so.
The latest story of perseverance that I found, may be the greatest. "Unbroken", by Laura Hillenbrand, is a life changing read that I strongly recommend. Since I finished the book three weeks ago, I have not complained, become angry, or have had a negative thought.
Enjoy the day everyone, and thank you Louie Zamperini!