Jul 25, 2010

The Story of Eli Herring

We learned about a very interesting story today at church in Sunday school. The lesson was on keeping the Sabbath day holy. The story that was included to illustrate the point of keeping the Sabbath day holy is about Eli Herring. Here's a summary of his story:
Eli Herring
Projected as a first to third round draft choice, Herring made the decision to forgo a professional career so he wouldn't have to work on the Sabbath, and wrote letters to each NFL team saying as much. He was still drafted in the sixth round of the 1995 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, and Raider senior assistant Bruce Allen flew to Provo and offered Herring a three-year, $1.5 million contract. Herring rejected it. His starting salary as a teacher at Mountain View High School was around $22,000 a year (link).
 It tells a lot about Eli's character that he was able to stand by his beliefs despite having to turn down a large sum of money. There is more to the story, and it is very interesting. I suggest reading Eli's full story here.

I hope that I will perform just as Eli did if I ever am faced with a similarly difficult situation.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, such a powerful story to help me with self evaluation of my character. With a great offer like that especially in this time of our lives would seem like a great start financially, however, seek the kingdom first. Great post!

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  2. Definitely. Especially when the alternative to his NFL contract was only $22k a year.

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  3. The truth is, he just didn't wanna play for the Raiders. Can you blame him?

    Nate

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  4. Good point. I did the math: getting drafted by the Raiders makes your salary only 1/7 as valuable than a salary by any other team.

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  5. It's a good "real-life" example of being true to your beliefs... just like Erroll Bennett.

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  6. Kudos to Eli...Large in stature and a spiritual giant as well!

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  7. ha this is my football coach and probly the most honorable and sttrong men i have ever met much love coach

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