Former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Weslye Saunders is on a mission to return to the playing field following a couple missteps early in his career. Like every young player who’s ever made a mistake, he deserves a second chance. Saunders however is so much more than his dreams, he’s much more than just a guy trying to get back in the NFL. Weslye Saunders is a guy who loves helping others.
To Saunders, life is about more than just football, which is pretty important to him. Saunders believes that helping others as much as he can by providing whatever assistance he is able to, is as important as anything he could ever do. This topic came up in a recent text exchange we had.
Weslye, I know you don’t donate clothing to those in need for the recognition, but it’s another aspect of you that people should be aware of. That was kind of the missing piece that ties everything together about you. Humility, work ethic, desire, and a big heart. I loved that video of you going to the people.
Saunders response was simple. “Helping others is always something I’ve been passionate about! I love helping people. But I also don’t want it to seem disingenuous, or insincere. So I very rarely post about it.”
Saunders also relishes the opportunity to talk to young people about life and the importance of education and hard work. He talks to students about the effects of making bad choices and the importance of accountability for those choices. These young people respond to him because of his openness, sense of humor, and the sincerity of his message. They really appreciate the fact that he interacts with them personally and never talks down, but rather to them.
As far as the mistakes Saunders made at the age of 23, because we all know 23 year olds are perfect, he owns them. Most importantly, Saunders has been humbled by them, and you can hear about it on our Full Press Coverage Steelers Podcast. Reaching his dream of returning to the NFL won’t define Saunders as a man, but all the good he intends to do with a second chance will. That’s what makes rooting for Saunders so easy.