The Sports Entertainment Group at Kelley Drye Winter Newsletter 2013
Table of Contents The Sports Entertainment Group at KDW
Uber + NFLPA Partnership
Socially Speaking: NFL/Twitter
Here We Grow: Babies + Engagements
In The News
Our New View As professional athletes competing at the highest level, we know that each of you understands how important it is to be a part of an organization that gives you the best opportunity to succeed. For that reason, we are pleased to announce that we are now based at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, one of the nation’s leading, full-service law firms. Adisa chairs Kelley Drye’s newly formed, Sports Entertainment Group and Jeff joins Adisa as the Vice Chair of the group. Katrina continues to lead our marketing and publicity efforts as the Director of Marketing & Public Relations. Kelley Drye offers a natural and compelling platform for The Sports Entertainment Group by virtue of its complementary practices and the firm’s Advertising and Marketing practice group which is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Chambers USA as one of the leading practices in the country. The result: Kelley Drye’s geographic reach and preeminence in advertising and marketing law will enable us to better position you, our clients, for short term and long term success. Our commitment to each of you remains the same. Kelley Drye is headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Stamford, Parsippany, Brussels, and an affiliate office in Mumbai, India. For more information, visit www.KelleyDrye.com.
Let’s Make a Deal: 2013 Client Retreat Recap Las Vegas The Sports Entertainment Group successfully hosted our annual client retreat in Las Vegas at the Bellagio Hotel, July 11-13, 2013. The retreat is an extension of our mission of ensuring that our athlete clients are equipped with the information necessary to achieve success during and after their athletic careers. The central business focus of the 2013 retreat was on the business of franchising. Michael Stone, founder of the Professional Athlete Franchise Initiative (PAFI), and John Draper of V&J Holdings, advised the group on the advantages of franchising as opposed to starting a business from scratch. In addition to franchising, expert panel speakers addressed strategies for building generational wealth, methods for improving post-career planning, tips for managing the media and tactics for securing endorsement deals. A session on style provided insight into practices that can help generate a better professional image and a more valuable mainstream media persona. Guest speakers included USA Today’s NFL columnist, Jarrett Bell, ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Gina Scott of Players’ Inc., Frank Mahar of Genesco Sports and Facebook’s Brandon Gayle. There was also a set of all-player panels - one featured the 2012 draft class discussing the experiences of their respective rookie seasons, and the other involved veteran clients sharing strategies on how to sustain success in the NFL. Adisa highlighted the importance of forging business partnerships among the clients themselves, noting that the potential benefits of combining their resources could increase their impact across varying industries. While the retreat was serious business, the group took time to celebrate the individual success of each player in addition to the success of the group as a whole. Clients were fitted for complimentary designer suits by Alba Designs and participated in a friendly, yet very competitive, bowling competition that pitted the AFC clients against the NFC and boxing clients. Bishop Charles Mellette, founder and senior pastor of Christian Provision Ministries, Inc., in Sanford, North Carolina, brought the retreat to a close on an inspirational note by encouraging the group to build a life team to help them achieve success in all areas of their lives.
Uber + NFLPA The NFLPA has partnered with Uber Technologies to
locations including 20 of the NFLâ€™s 30 cities, international
establish a program that will allow players who need a ride
cities, and Pro Bowl host Honolulu.
home to download an app on their smartphone that will
Uber and the NFLPA will distribute personalized keychain
allow them to commute safely. Once a ride is requested via Uber's smartphone app, the software will display the car's location on a map and an Uber will arrive within minutes. Players can request a driver in any of Uberâ€™s
cards containing ride credits to every active NFL player. The partnership will also provide players with new rider gift cards for friends and family to promote responsibility to those closest to them.
Socially Speaking: NFL/Twitter The NFL has entered into a partnership with Twitter to offer exclusive content and real-time, sponsored updates during games. Fans will have access to more highlights, content and instant replays via Twitterâ€™s Amplify program, which embeds video directly into a Twitter feed. As a result, it is probable that both entities will see a large surge in ad-based revenue thus, creating more endorsement opportunities for players. With that in mind, we are encouraging everyone to increase their Twitter activity. The goal is to engage followers. Fans prefer 80% sports related and game ready content, the other 20% should be personal content to allow fans a chance to get to know who you are underneath the helmet. Remember, Twitter is about your brand, tweet wisely!
Here We Grow: Kendall L. & Cristin
Kylie Antonia Langford, 5/3/2013 Brandon & Raven
True Hilayah McGee, 5/13/2013 Antoine & Sam
Siani Loren Bethea, 7/30/2013 Jeff & Patrina
Assefa Toure Whitney, 8/18/2013 Congratulations to Evan & Jaclyn and Don & Lakeisha on their engagements!
Noteworthy nA ntoine Bethea has started 80 consecutive games which is the second-longest active streak by an NFL safety. n K endall Hunter had rushing touchdowns in consecutive games for the first time in his NFL career. n L e’Veon Bell became the first Steelers’ rookie to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Bam Morris (12/4/94 at Cincinnati) and was nominated for Pepsi Next Rookie of the Week after his NFL debut. n M aurice Jones-Drew made his 300th career reception in Week 6 and surpassed 10,000 yards from scrimmage in Week 7. n Chris Carter was named Steelers’ Digest Player of the Week, 8/29. n Duke recorded his 1st NFL tackle against the Patriots on 9/8. n Brandon McGee recorded his 1st NFL tackle against the Jaguars on 10/6. n Matt Forte nominated for FedEx Ground Player of the Week – week 9. n Keith T. recorded his first NFL interception against the Seahawks on 11/3. n M aurice Jones-Drew surpassed 10,000 yards from scrimmage on 10/6 against the Rams. He scored his 66th rushing touchdown on 11/10 against the Titans, the 2nd most active players. n Antoine Bethea was named 2013 Colts’ Man of The Year for his commitment to community service and his leadership on and off the field.
n Matt Forte is the 13th player in NFL history to amass 1100 total in each of his first 6 seasons. n Rashad Jennings nominated for FedEx Ground Player of Week 11. n O n November 18th, Antoine Bethea was named 2013 Colts’ Man of The Year for his commitment to community service and his leadership on and off the field.
n W ashingtonian Magazine named Adisa Bakari to their list of Best Lawyers for 2013 featured in the December 2013 issue. This list showcases the capital area’s “best legal minds,” by selecting 1,000 attorneys across 30 practice areas from the region’s “some 80,000 lawyers.” Adisa is recognized in the area of Entertainment (sports).
n Matt surpassed Neal Anderson and is now the Bears’ 2nd all-time leading rusher.
In The News The Am Law Daily Reports on Kelley Drye’s New Top Sports Agents The Am Law Daily noted that partners Adisa P. Bakari and Jeffery A. Whitney have joined the firm to form The Sports Entertainment Group at Kelley Drye in an article titled "The Score: Kelley Drye Snags NFL Stars With Agent Hires.” The sports agent duo bring roughly 35 NFL players, as well as professional boxers and several other coaches and media and entertainment clients to the firm. To read the full article, click here. Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Reports on Partner Adisa P.Bakari’s Endorsement Deal Negotiations A Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal article titled "Bears' Forté Signs Deals" reports that Chicago Bears running back Matt Forté has signed national endorsement deals with Muscle Milk, Lenovo and Duracell. Forté's agent, Partner Adisa P. Bakari, negotiated a two year deal with Muscle Milk and one year with each Lenovo and Duracell, with options to extend. To read the full article, click here. Matt Forté on Family & Football featured in Chicago Parent magazine Matt Forté cradles his baby daughter like a football in his tattooed muscular arms. "It just comes naturally," he jokes while posing for a photo with Nahla, who is 6 months old. Standing outside his fivebedroom, French Normandy-style home, on five acres of property near Lake Forest, the Chicago Bears star running back locks eyes with his baby girl. Sporting a Bears
number 22 baby jersey, she smiles back. To read the full article, click here. Justin Durant Talks Football & Rap with The Source magazine Justin Durant isn’t your typical NFL linebacker. When he’s not on the field making plays he’s writing music columns for the Detroit newspaper and MTV. On Twitter he’s constantly engaging with his followers on music topics, lately about A$AP Ferg’s Trap Lord and now the latest season of Sons of Anarchy. To read the full article, click here. ESPN.com Football Journey: Duke Williams When you think of Nevada football in recent seasons, one name likely comes to mind before all others: Colin Kaepernick. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, though, is just one of nine former members of the Wolf Pack drafted since their 13-1 campaign in 2010. Among them is safety Duke Williams, drafted by the Buffalo Bills last April. To read the full article, click here. Antoine Bethea shares “10 Things I Think I Think” with SI’s MMQB Veteran Colts safety Antoine Bethea on the momentum from 2012, fatherhood and the best homecoming in America. To read the full article, click here. UT San Diego” Ladarius Green grows into larger role: Chargers tight end gains strength, shows promise in second season.” To read the full article, click here. Brandon McGee featured in St. Louis American’s Style File. To read the full article, click here.
On the Scene
Maurice donating $50,000 on behalf of the Maurice Jones-Drew Foundation to Wolfson Childrenâ€™s hospital in Jacksonville.
Matt and Duracell making an equipment donation to the Chicago Fire Department.
Antoine honored with the special distinction of having a poster hung on Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Kendall Hunter making his first touchdown after returning from an Achilles injury.
Le’Veon visiting with a patient at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Jonathan hanging out on the set of the Steelers’ Kids Zone television show.
Rashad visiting with students at Lazear Charter School in Oakland.
Chris visiting seniors at Vintage Senior Center with his Steelers’ teammates.
Tyrod and Aaron celebrating after scoring a touchdown during a preseason game.
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Matt Forte cradles his baby daughter like a football in his tattooed muscular arms. "It just comes naturally," he jokes while posing for a photo with Home > Magazines > Latest content from ChicagoParent.com > Chicago Bear Matt Forte holds his daughter like a football, and it's the cutest thing ever Nahla, who is 6 months old. Standing outside his five-bedroom, French Normandy-style home, on five acres of property near Lake Forest, the Chicago Bears star running back locks eyes with his baby girl. Sporting a Bears number 22 baby jersey, she smiles back. By Jerrya Davich Email Print "She's daddy's girl," beams his wife, Danielle. Tweet 17 Friday, September 06, 2013 Matt, a self-professed "country boy" from Slidell, La., has been changing priorities-and Matt Fortehiscradles his babycountless daughter diapers-ever like a footballsince. in hisHis tattooed closest friends muscular arms.these days are fellow fathers who also happen to be football players, not the other way around. "It just comes naturally," he jokes while posing for a photo with So much so isthat when he and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talked Nahla, who 6 months old. during the off-season, 90 percent of their conversation revolved Standingtheir outside his not five-bedroom, Normandy-style around babies, the team's French new head coach, Brian home, on five acres of property near Lake Urlacher's departure or Super Bowl Forest, dreams.the Chicago Bears star running back locks eyes with his baby girl. Sporting a Bears "It's like 22 a whole differentshe fraternity," says Forte. "You have to number baby jersey, smiles back. make time for your family and kids. You cherish that time together "She's a your daddy's girl,"is beams wife, because family alwa yshis going to Danielle. be there for you."
Chicago Bear Matt Forte holds his daughter like a football, and it's the cutest thing ever
Matt, a self-professed "country boy" from Slidell, La., ha s been A solid start changing his priorities-and countless diapers-ever since. His Inside the couple's Mattfathers sang the praises of his and closest friends thesecomfy days home, are fellow who also happen to Danielle's saying are "blessed" for having be footballparents, players,repeatedly not the other waythey around. such strong role models in their lives, from childhood to So much so that when he and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler talked parenthood. during the off-season, 90 percent of their conversation revolved Danielle's father is a not pastor Shilohnew Missionary Baptist Church in around their babies, the at team's head coach, Brian Summit Argo, where or theSuper couple worships. Forte's grandfather Urlacher's departure Bowl drea ms. was a pastor in Texas and his parents, Gene and Gilda Forte, still "It'sinlike a whole different fraternity," says Forte. "You have to live Slidell. make time for your family and kids. You cherish that time together
Matt Forte and his 6-month-old daughter Nahla Photos by Liz DeCarlo/Staff
Danielle's parents, repeatedly saying they are "blessed" for having such strong role models in their lives, from childhood to parenthood.
Matt Forte and his 6-month-old daughter Nahla Photos by Liz DeCarlo/Staff
Danielle's father is a pastor at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Summit Argo, where the couple worships. Forte's grandfather was a pastor in Texas and his parents, Gene and Gilda Forte, still live in Slidell. Three years ago, however, their relationship was tackled for a highly publicized loss when Matt revealed to Danielle that he had a fling with a former girlfriend in Louisiana-and she was seven m onths pregnant with their child. "My faith played a tremendous role in this situation," Danielle says. "To get past it, it took a lot of prayer and forgiveness. I thought about how God continuously forgives us for our sins, so how could I not forgive him for his?"
Matt Forte along with his wife, Danielle, inside their home near Lake Forest.
In the end, she decided that she simply loved Matt and was willing to rebuild their trust, their love, their relationship. Matt's now 3year-old son, Jaden, lives in Louisiana with the child's mother and visits his father and Danielle regularly.
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Football is fourth on Forte list Despite all the public attention Forte garners from football, the sport ranks fourth on his personal mantra of priorities: Faith, family, education and sports. It's the same message his parents instilled in him as a youngster. "Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy," he stated in a recent Twitter post. "We don't deserve it but you give it to us anyway." Forte is part of a Bible study group with other Bears players and their wives. His signature touchdown celebration illustrates his deep faith, he says. After each score, he fle xes his bulging muscles and points to heaven, praising God for his strength on the field and off. "Some fans don't care about anything but what I do on the football field," he says. "But I want to leave a legacy as a father, too, and by impacting young kids' lives. I don't want my tombstone to just say: Matt Forte, football player." During his down time, Forte enjoys any excuse to be outdoors, play video games indoors, and simply be a family man since Nahla came into his hectic world. "She's a great baby. Being a parent is fun," Forte says.
No. 1 fans Danielle has missed only one of Matt's games. She plans on keeping her near-perfect record with Nahla now in tow. "She will be there supporting her daddy as his other number one fan. We cannot wait to see her in her Bears gear every week," Danielle says.
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Nahla attended a preseason game at Soldier Field and surprised Danielle by waiting until her father scored a touchdown to fall fast asleep, clutching her "football blankie." "This little cub is certainly a football baby," Danielle says. Matt knows full well that he cradles his baby like a daughter like a football. He's hoping to do the same thing with more "football babies." "I want at least two more," he says with a mischievous smile, looking at Danielle for her reaction.
A full version of the story appears in the October issue of Chicago Parent available beginning Sept. 24. Jerry Davich is a freelance writer and father of two living in the Chicago area. See more of Jerry's stories here .
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1. I think my mindset was a little different this camp, knowing that my first-born would come at some point. My daughter was born July 30. I had a job to do, but also in the back of my mind I knew there was a phone call I could get at any moment. Now that I have a daughter it’s not all about Antoine anymore. I have someone who is dependent on me 24/7, 365. Whatever I do, I have to remember that I’m living for somebody else. 2. I think the tenacity in our whole approach this season is going to surprise people. Coming off an 11-5 season, we know how close we were, and how we can put ourselves in a better position game in, game out. 3. I think I’m a clothes and shoe freak. After football and family, my hobby is fashion. I stopped counting how many pairs of shoes I own a long time ago. 4. I think I’m the luckiest Bison in the world: The Colts’ bye this year falls on the weekend of the Howard University homecoming. If you haven’t heard, it’s the best party in the country—by far. I’ll be at my alma mater to support the Bison football team and hang with my old classmates. 5. I think people would be surprised to know how much I love kids. Off the field, I’ll do anything for kids, whether I know them or I don’t. I have a real soft spot. 6. I think the Arizona Cardinals are in great shape with Bruce Arians as their new coach. He’s a great coach, a players’ coach. He kept it 100% with us last year when he filled in for Coach Pagano, and he let us know what he wanted from us, and we appreciated that. I know the Cardinals will play hard for him. 7. I think if I could change one NFL rule it would be the excessive celebration rule. If guys make a play they should be able to celebrate it. I can understand the rule against bringing in props, but everything else brings more excitement to the game. The fans love it. Guys toil all year, and if they make a play on Sunday with the world watching, they should be able to show out. 8. I think there are going to be two under-the-radar Colts who shine this season: Running back Vick Ballard, who came on strong at the end of the year, and cornerback Cassius Vaughn. Even though he’s not in the starting lineup, he’s going to make some plays. 9. I think people have a hard time believing this, but when Coach Pagano came in after the 2-14 season and hired his staff, and we drafted Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick, and then we started bringing pieces into OTAs, I told guys, “We’re going to make it to the playoffs.” Everybody bought in, and that was the most important thing. 10. I think we’re going to keep building this monster. Read: Andy Benoit’s Deep Dive analysis of the Colts. TAGS:
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Fortunately, my cousin and I got scholarships my sophomore year. I committed. I stayed loyal to my first offer. There w ere a lot of other offers afterw ards, some great schools -USC, Washington State, Fresno State, UNLV, Boise State, Arizona -- it w as just great to see that notoriety and being able to make a name for yourself throughout all three sports." Favorite memory at Nevada: "Being ranked No. 11 in the nation. We almost cracked the top 10, but for the first time in school history w e broke the top 15. First time in school history tw o ranked opponents ever played in our stadium. That's the year w e w on the championship, 2010, Kaepernick's senior year. We beat the No. 3-ranked team in the nation. It w as just great. That w as just a great season. We w ent 13-1. We slipped up one game, w e shouldn't have, but that w as the greatest accomplishment in college."
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This season, he not only has been active in every game. He's been busy. Green plays on the kickoff, kickoff return, punt, punt return and field goal teams. His 129 special-teams snaps lead the Chargers. The improved blocker also has taken 71 offensive snaps as a reserve. Last year, he saw 41. The 23-year-old made an impact Monday night against the Colts with three special teams tackles and a 25-yard reception. This follows a preseason in which he led the Chargers with 13 receptions for 210 yards and two touchdowns. “I think coming in here there was a big question mark about Ladarius, from our perspective,” offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt said. “I’m talking about the new (coaches), not just me. What was his role going to be, and could he fit? I know (tight ends coach) Jason Michael spoke very highly of him after having been with him last year. “You have to give Ladarius a lot of credit for how hard he worked his way through camp. I think one of the big things was how he performed during preseason games. ... He’s developed into a very good player for us.” Green weighs in the mid-to-upper 240s now. He was about 10 pounds lighter last year. Athletes' Institute He spentFor part of hispart offseason Green, of thetraining programatwas addingPerformance bulk. in Gulf Breeze, Fla., before continuing at Chargers Park. Strength coaches He Kent Johnston and Rickprogram Lyle servewith each player on anincluded individualno more paired the strength nutrition that basis based on hisbreakfast, needs. eating plenty of potatos and pasta, and incorporating skipping more it through bars or his normal meals. For Green, partprotein, of the be program was shakes, adding bulk.
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Danie Rae: So what would be a turn off? Brandon McGee:There’s so many! But definitely a woman that’s caught up in the social networking life. Danie Rae: Oh, like the Instagram celebrity chick? Brandon McGee: YES! Man! It’s just too much! My dad taught me to move in silence. You don’t have to put everything out there to be seen.
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Danie Rae: How do you express your personal style? Brandon McGee: I express myself not just through fashion, but throughout my entire lifestyle, even with the music I listen to. And I try and keep a positive approach to everything. Danie Rae: Where do you get style inspiration from? Brandon McGee: First and foremost, I would have to say my dad. HE IS FRESH! Like old-school fresh, with “playa playa” style. He’s the first one to put on different colognes and knows the importance of always looking sharp. But some current guys that I admire would be Curren$y, A$AP Rocky, Rocky, J. Cole.
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Brandon McGee: It’s certain restrictions as to what you can do to your uniform, but I’ve gotten personalized cleats. And this month is Breast Cancer Awareness, so a lot of guys are rocking the pink. Danie Rae: How would you describe your style of football? How do you play the game? Brandon McGee: I’m very aggressive. I go from sidewall to sidewall, until the whistle blows. I stand out with my physicality. I’m a bigger cornerback, so I use my size to my advantage. Danie Rae: Being new to the Rams, what are you going to bring to the team and the city?
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Bethea True Leader, Hero Intro: Antoine Bethea easily is one of the most significant Colts in the club’s Indianapolis era. The eighth-year veteran is the NFL leader among safeties with 90 consecutive starts, but the safety with 888 career tackles makes an impact far beyond the field. For that reason, Bethea is the club’s 2013 winner of “Man of the Year.” INDIANAPOLIS – To say Antoine Bethea came out of the pack to be a true leader and hero is no embellishment. A sixth-round 2006 draft pick from Howard, Bethea had three interceptions on the first day of rookie camp, showing all Colts on-lookers they had a budding star. So good was Bethea that he started 18 games as a rookie, four coming in the playoffs as he helped Indianapolis win Super Bowl XLI. The eighth-year veteran has grown to an established presence on and off the field with the Colts. The NFL leader among safeties with 90 straight starts, Bethea also focuses on bettering lives off the field. For that, he is the club’s 2013 “Man of the Year” winner. “Antoine embodies everything this team is about,” said Chuck Pagano. “He continues to provide veteran leadership in our locker room and in the community.” The two-time Pro Bowler with 888 career tackles finished his degree work at Howard in 2011 and started his Safe Coverage Foundation that provides students in his home area of Newport News, Virginia with academic resources they normally may not have.
Bethea was the club’s 2012 Ed Block Courage Award winner, a yearly citation of leadership, stellar character and performance on and off the field. Out-tenured only by Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis, Bethea quickly noticed Colts leaders who set examples. “Gary Brackett,” said Bethea of an early role model, “just what he’s done and what he’s meant for this organization when he was playing here, and still what he does for this community. “GB’s one of the guys I still talk to today, get advice from. Gary, Reggie (Wayne), Robert Mathis, those are guys that I really looked up to as a rookie, and still do.” It was a calling he felt early on and one that he wanted to be more than just a small effort. “When I first got here, I did community work and I always told myself that when I got in a position to help others I would do it,” said Bethea. “As I got myself more established in Indianapolis, that’s when I knew I wanted to open my own foundation. “My parents told me to be willing to give a helping hand to people, regardless of who they are. They raised my brother and me to be that way. They instilled in us to help people and not to expect anything back from it. You’re not doing it for gratification. You’re doing it out of kindness to other people. I have all the respect in the world for my parents for instilling that in me.” Bethea has served as the local spokesperson for the United Way’s Team NFL initiative, toiling as one of 32 players around the league pledging to recruit new mentors for the organization.
Annually, he hosts a tour of 50 inner-city high school students with visits to his alma mater and other universities so they have a chance to meet faculty members as they try to determine their educational futures.
As the “Man of the Year” choice, Bethea will be considered for the national Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. The NFL’s most distinguished service citation is awarded annually during the week of the Super Bowl.
“I started that with the kids in my community where I grew up. Some kids don’t get the opportunity to get out of the city and see what’s outside,” said Bethea. “I figured that was a good opportunity to really let them know what’s outside of Newport News.
“I’m really honored to be chosen as the Colts’ Man of The Year,” said Bethea. “There’s a lot of guys in this locker room and in this organization that do a lot for the community. For me to be named, it’s most definitely an honor and a blessing to be in a position to give back to help people that are less fortunate.”
“When I first did it, I took the kids to Howard and George Mason just to see their faces light up and be able to talk to them and let them know (college is) a possibility. If you work hard, do good in school, you can go on and do great things.” Bethea comes from a tight family unit that includes mother Verina and father Larry. His estimate of what they instilled in their sons is off the chart. “Oh, 110 percent,” said Bethea of the credit he gives his parents. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be here where I’m at today. My dad being in the military, serving for this country, that’s just something that my dad and my mom instilled in me and my brother, Alexon. Just always giving back, helping people, just being generous.” Bethea contributes 15 tickets and meal vouchers per home game to underserved Indiana youth as part of a team program. He also conducts free camps for youth (one locally and one at home) each year, efforts that reach more than 400 participants annually.
As Bethea noticed others helping while he was younger, he is setting the example now. “Antoine is the leader. He’s been in a lot of games, and he’s the guy you can count on,” said Pat Angerer. “While you can go to him as a teammate on a football matter, you also can turn to Antoine for advice away from playing. He is a leader both ways.” Said David Thornton, the Colts’ director of player engagement, “Antoine's quiet leadership style speaks volumes to many. He takes great pride in being a dependable pro. It’s reflected in his actions and words. “A man of passion both on and off the field, Antoine is a leader worthy of being followed.” *original article appeared on Colts.com on November 25, 2013*
Client Roster NFL Antoine Bethea – Indianapolis Colts Cameron Johnson – Indianapolis Colts Chris Carter – Pittsburgh Steelers Davin Meggett – Washington Redskins Dominique Davis – Atlanta Falcons Don Carey – Detroit Lions Evan Royster - Washington Redskins Jaiquawn Jarrett – New York Jets Jonathan Dwyer – Pittsburgh Steelers Justin Durant – Dallas Cowboys Justin Hickman – Indianapolis Colts Keith Tandy – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kendall Hunter – San Francisco 49ers Kendall Langford – St. Louis Rams Ladarius Green – San Diego Chargers
Ronald Leary – Dallas Cowboys Torell Troup – Free Agent Tyrod Taylor – Baltimore Ravens
2013 NFL Rookies Aaron Mellette – Baltimore Ravens (Elon University) Brandon McGee – St. Louis Rams (University of Miami) Duke Williams – Buffalo Bills (University of Nevada) Keith Pough – Free Agent (Howard University) Le’Veon Bell – Pittsburgh Steelers (Michigan State University) Sean Porter – Cincinnati Bengals (Texas A&M University) Tyrone Goard – Free Agent (Eastern Kentucky University)
Lawrence Wilson – Chicago Bears
Marcus Harris – New York Giants
Anthony Peterson - IBF Junior Welterweight
Marvin McNutt – Carolina Panthers
Lamont Peterson – IBF Junior Welterweight Champion
Matt Forte – Chicago Bears Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars
Rashad Jennings – Oakland Raiders