David Nelson Creates Special Bond with 15 Year Old Orphan


Dec 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver David Nelson (86) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of their game against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. The Jets defeated the Browns 24-13. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

David Nelson caught four Geno Smith passes this past Sunday, two of them going for touchdowns. However, this is far from the only reason that David deserves recognition this week. In a world where we hear about all of the negative actions our athletes take off the field, it’s time to recognize an athlete that does wonderful work. In walks David Nelson.

For those who do not know, he is the co-founder of a charity known as I’m Me, along with his two brothers. Take a look at their website by clicking here.  Their mission is to “…empower, love, and care for each orphan, as well as provide each child with a family environment, education, food, and clean water.” I am going to let you see his vision, as told right on the website:

To build a family-style village that will house and care for orphan children.To empower and equip families with the resources to keep their children and raise them in their own homes.To rescue children from slavery and trafficking.To provide opportunities for people like YOU to serve alongside i’mME using your gifts and talents to love and care for the orphans.

But the praise goes for the action of Nelson this week. He and his organization found out about an orphan named Davion Only. He is fifteen years old, and close to aging out of the Foster care system. Davion said that all he wanted for Christmas was a family. What did David Nelson do?

Well, he hosted Davion in New York this past week, giving him a taste of Christmas in the big city. To pay it forward just a bit more, Only was David’s guest at Sunday’s game against the Browns. As we know, it was a successful day for Nelson, with two touchdowns. And what did Nelson have to say about it after the game? Well, he played the game for Davion and he said, “I only hope that he was proud of me.” David did all of that for him, and his only was hope was that this young man was proud of him?

David, we are all proud of you. We are proud to have a man of such high character on our roster, and hope that you are brought back to see what you can do with a full year in the system under your belt.

Keep up the good work.