Lewis made a donation to Martin Behrman Charter School Academy of Creative Arts & Sciences to help the school’s cheerleading team, after learning about the need from his mother, Muriel Lewis, a seventh grade teacher at the school.
“They asked if I could help,” said Lewis. “I never thought twice about it. Whenever I have an opportunity to help out I do. I love the kids. That is my passion, to see them live out their dream.
“I always try to give back to the kids, give them a chance to live their dream, especially the kids who can’t always participate in afterschool activities. I was able to participate and I want them to have the same opportunity.”
Lewis spends time in New Orleans during the offseason, and when he is there visits the area schools, including his alma mater O. Perry Walker High School, talking to the kids and providing much needed encouragement.
“Keenan is genuinely looked up to by these students, many of which desire to walk in his footsteps as a professional athlete,” said his mother. “If he ever calls me while I am in class and I happen to answer, my students beg me to place the phone on speaker so they can greet him.”
And when he is there in person, he makes sure he takes the time to talk to the kid’s one on one and as a group.
“I let them know they can make it the same way I did,” said Lewis. “The kids know me and look up to me so I go back as much as I can and try to be the best role model I can on and off the field.”
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Fans attending can donate at kettles that will be placed throughout Heinz Field raising funds for The Salvation Army Disaster Relief/Hurricane Sandy Kettle Collection.
For those not attending the game but wish to support The Salvation Army Disaster Relief/Hurricane Sandy Kettle Collection, donations can be made by clicking on “Steelers Online Red Kettle.”
Prior to last week’s game against the New York Giants NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greeted first responders who have helped in the recovery efforts.
A first responder in the New Jersey area, Carlos Pernett from Keyport, N.J. who is a firefighter in Keansburg, N.J., had significant damage to his home took some solace in finding his Terrible Towel, wet and dirty, but still intact.
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Gilliam, who died in 2000, played at Tennessee State University from 1968-71 where he broke every major passing record at the school, as well as other black college records and was an All-American in 1970 and 71.
Gilliam was drafted by the Steelers in the 11th round in 1972, and started the 1974 and part of the 1975 season.
The Black College Football Hall of Fame’s Fourth Annual Enshrinement Ceremony will take place on February 16 in Atlanta, and is presented by the Atlanta Falcons.
Gilliam will be inducted along with Elvin Bethea, Charles Brackins, Ken Houston, Charlie Joiner, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Larry Little, Shannon Sharpe, Jackie Slater, John Merritt, and Charles Neal.
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