Week In Review: Bengals Players Helping Those Within Their Own Communities


Cincinnati Bengals players, old and new, continue helping out their own communities

It still exists.

The misguided and dated caricature sketches of criminal Bengals players, twisting handlebar mustaches while deviously breaking the law, remains.

Yet players today vastly outweigh the trouble that used to follow Bengals players during that one year, seven years ago.

Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, born, raised and currently living in Louisiana, will donate money to cover the cost of a funeral for a fallen high school player. Jaleel Gipson died after suffering injuries during a spring football practice. Once he was declared brain dead, doctors kept his body on life support to donate his organs.

“Jaleel was an outstanding young man,” Farmerville coach Joe Spatafora told TheNewsStar.com. “He exemplified everything that you would want your own child to exemplify and any player that you coach. He showed you every day what hard work meant on and off the field. He was just a great leader. Jaleel was an unselfish young man. He would give you the shirt off his back.”

The Big Ten network also ran a story that described Rex Burkhead's relationship with seven-year old Jack Hoffman, a huge Nebraska fan who has brain cancer.

Hoffman, currently sporting a Bengals No. 33 jersey after the Bengals drafted Burkhead in the sixth-round, attended a Nebraska game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Down by 21 points with 10:53 remaining in the third quarter, Nebraska went on a 28-0 run, highlighted by two fourth quarter touchdowns by Burkhead, finalizing one of the biggest comebacks in Nebraska history.

The Marvin Lewis annual Golf Classic all tees off this Sunday at Shaker Run.

On June 1, Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap will hold the second annual Carlos Dunlap Football Camp at Fort Dorchester High School. The event will include Michael Johnson, Frank Gore, Lawrence Timmons, Robert Quinn and the Pouncey brothers, Mike and Maurkice.

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