Tyrone Smith's Book Presented to Legendary Wide Receiver and SHAPE Elder

Damali Binta – Dec 9, 2016

When the young men reach out to the elders, it is a joy to see the response of the elders. Author Tyrone Smith is a former NFL player who made a solid transition after football. He had a book signing Sunday, December 4, 2016 and I shared with him that his book would be excellent for two great men in transition in life and who are phenomenal men who deserve honor for their achievements.

One of the men is legendary wide receiver Warren Wells who had an outstanding career as an Oakland Raider. His nephew, Wyron Wells, escorts Warren Wells to many events, while his family has been a powerful network for him since his transition from professional football to regular life experiences.

The other gentleman is Leonard who was a corporate worker and honor graduate of a university in Houston, and who is now a regular participant at a community center. He offers rich comments during discussions of life and sports, and he remembers the fantastic career of Warren Wells.

An assignment to read Tyrone's book was suggested to them, so that they can respond in writing and then write their own testimony of what it means to make transitions in life, moving from the huddle of the game (in professioinal football and corporate life) to the challenges of the game of llfe.

The other powerful experience was to attend the barbecue at Fox Hollow, on Nett Street, in Houston, Texas where Raider fans get together to cheer their team to victoy. Last night was a challenge and we missed the mark, but just as our two featured brilliant gentemen have found a way to overcome challenges, so our team, the Oakland Raiders, will overcome the mistakes made during the game with Kansas City.

We all have a "Just win, baby" spirit and we will persist and overcome to see our losses transformed to fuel for future victories! Go Raiders!

Words from Mama Raider

Note: Thanks to Israel, a dedicated Raider fan, who invited author Peter O'Loughlin, Ruth and Damali to Fox Hollow to meet the Raider Nation gang in Houston, Texas who meet for every game at Fox Hollow, sporting their Raider gear and lively spirit.

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