This Is How You Do It

This story will warm your heart. We mostly see and hear tales about the underbelly and dark side of professional athletes in this day and age. Much of the time, stories that seem to be uplifting are staged to play that way.

This one seems to be very pure in intent and form.

It seems that golfer Phil Mickelson is paying for ex NFL player Conrad Dobler’s daughter Holli to attend college. This act of service gets more honorable the deeper you dig.

“Mickelson is paying the four-year tuition and expenses at Miami University of Ohio for Holli Dobler, the daughter of former NFL player Conrad Dobler. Mickelson has written checks of $20,000 and $22,000 for her first two years of college.

Mickelson has never met any member of the Dobler family and wasn’t happy when the word of his generous gift leaked out. There are plans for him to see Holli and her parents at the Memorial Tournament in May, but he said it won’t happen if any media people are involved. He recently refused to discuss the topic with Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Mickelson, an avid fan of all sports, saw a TV piece about the plight of the Dobler family. Conrad’s knees are shot. His wife, Joy, is a quadriplegic after a fluke fall from a hammock on July 4, 2001. The family savings were drained. The Doblers needed a boost and Mickelson provided it.”

I feel like a jerk for even publicizing this further, but it’s a story that needs to be told. The fact that he acted selflessly in response to a TV piece with zero pub or recognition is the way it should be done.

An unbelievable number of NFL veterans struggle financially and are not able to make ends meet, especially when dealing with huge healthcare costs for issues that are a result of their playing days.

Many of these struggling vets played before the big payday era and played hard and played hurt. They are the foundation that football built on to be able to produce the fan base and money for today’s millionaire player.

Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund is a non-profit organization created recently to assist professional football players who have fallen upon hard times. More information can be found at

Nice job Phil.


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