Bill Stull: Story of a hero

Sports media today seems to focus on the negative things athletes do. The media points out each mistake athletes make and their every character flaw. It's not often that you get to read the "feel-good" stories in sports.

Seton LaSalle (Pa.) high school quarterback Bill Stull (6-4, 198, 4.68) is known for his strong arm and the pile of college scholarship offers that have come his way. WTAE-Channel 4 in Pittsburgh recently named Stull its "Operation Football" player of the week.

"Operation Football" is the TV station's Friday night high school football review program. Friday nights on the ABC Pittsburgh affiliate hosted by Andrew Stockey. The player of the week is presented with a trophy and his school receives a check for $1,000 in the player's name. The presentation was made at a recent pep rally at the school.

At the rally Stull and his teammates announced that they had special intentions for the money.

"We would like to donate this money to flood victims of western Pennsylvania," said Stull

The flood victims he was talking about were those affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ivan, which left up to 8 inches of rain in some parts of Pennsylvania.

There have been similar stories of such heroic efforts pouring in from throughout the state after towns such as Millvale and Carnegie were flooded. High school football players in other towns were excused from practice to help members of their communities.

During difficult times, people from western Pennsylvania always are there for each other. It's heartwarming to see young athletes rise t the occasion during others' time of need.

Congratulations to Bill Stull and his teammates. No matter how far football takes you, you already have achieved more in life than you can on a football field.

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