|St. John Bosco High School in California scheduled a game to be played in Hawaii during Rosen's senior year that would have cost each player $1,500. Although money wasn't a concern for Rosen, it was a real obstacle for some teammates who lived in different parts of Los Angeles County, including Compton.
So, Rosen devised an idea to work with local businesses, according to a terrific story by Bleacher Report two years ago.
The teenager's plan: Raise money for teammates from working-class families by selling discount cards to local businesses. Rosen spent the summer before his senior year in high school scheduling appointments with business owners to pitch his vision: Create a discount card program that would help the football team earn the necessary money for the trip. Rosen showed up for each meeting in a suit and tie, bent on helping his teammates.
He quietly updated his head coach, Jason Negro, until he had successfully sold enough discount cards in the county to raise money for every player on the team.
The best part: None of his teammates knew that he had created this creative fundraising plan and put in so much time to ensure everyone could go on the trip. He didn't advertise it. He just did it, because that's what leaders do.
"He's going into his senior season," Negro told Bleacher Report in 2016. "He could have been on the beach chasing girls. People see the tweets and pictures on social media, and they think he's just another spoiled kid from L.A. Couldn't be further from the truth."
It was selfless. It epitomized leadership.
It was reality.
Reality sometimes gets lost this time of year in the NFL.
|Was he also wearing his F*ck Trump hat?|