Just finished watching @garyplayer interviewed live on @espn and I have to say I was blown away. Why? Cuz the man is amazing. He not only speaks the truth, but lives the truth.
Even though I was a sports broadcaster for years before I moved over to the dark side of journalism, entertainment news, I never really knew all that much about Player. Sure, I knew he was a stud, winning 18-majors (9 PGA/9 Senior Tour), he’s in the Golf Hall of Fame and was truly the first international golfer. But I had no idea he was a fitness and philanthropic stud.
Sure, you can see the picture above. He’s in 40-year-old guy shape, not AARP Platinum Status at 77. But what you don’t see is his charity work. Well, maybe you do. He does wear it…on his face when talks about obesity, helping children in the world. In his body language, when he passionately talks about his love for the United States (he’s from South Africa), how it’s the greatest country and how people should not feel the country owes them anything.
“Do something for this great country. Don’t expect them (the country) to always do things for you. Nobody is entitled to a damn thing. Entitlement is a terrible, a cancerous word,” Player said on ESPN.
Player’s on a mission, telling ESPN that obesity related illnesses claim more lives than all the wars put together.
“I met a wonderful Indian man in India. 95 (years old). Lean and mean. He looked like he was 30,” said Player. “I asked him, ‘What’s the secret to longevity?’ He said, ‘Mr. Player, the less you eat, the longer you live’.
Player added, “And what do we do? We’re having breakfast and we’re talking about dinner!! We all eat like it’s the last supper!!”
Truer words were never spoken.
Here’s a link to what Player’s all about…