Our respects to Ms. Emma Culpepper
I wish to pay my respects to Ms. Emma Culpepper, the lady who reared Daunte Culpepper from the time he was one day old. Culpepper, 92, passed over the weekend at her home in Ocala.
I did not know Ms. Culpepper and barely know the Dolphins quarterback other than the few times we've talked in a professional setting since he came to Miami last season. But I know Ms. Culpepper reared as many as 15 children during her life, most of them not hers.
I know she took in Daunte Culpepper when she was already in her sixties.
I know she did a pretty good job with at least one of her kids, because despite any of Culpepper's faults as a player, he is nonetheless a gentleman.
That makes Ms. Culpepper more valuable than a quarterback. That feat, for which there is no reward other than one in heaven, is more noble than winning any MVP award. Too often, covering professional sports, one can lose sight of what is important and what is truly valuable and what is undeniably noteworthy.
This passing reminds us that touching lives is more important than touchdowns. Raising kids to be good citizens is of greater value than raising trophies in triumph.
This passing reminds me how blessed I am that my mother is still with me at age 81. It makes me appreciate that we'lll be able to celebrate Mother's Day together this weekend. It reminds me not to take the time I have left with her for granted.
I love you, Mami.
I don't know if Culpepper reads this blog or not. But if you, like me, admire what Ms. Culpepper and all mothers do for us -- how they improve our world while they are in it -- go ahead and leave your thoughts or condolences.