There are a few things you should know about my Sportsman of the Year. He accepted some free meals while he competed. He let strangers and corporate sponsors give him gifts. He admits he did not achieve his goal.
He also rode his bicycle from Maine to California through the worst winter in memory, despite having both legs amputated, just to raise money for charity.
So, you know, perhaps you can overlook that other stuff.
Rob Jones set out to raise $1 million for charities that support injured veterans. Jones is an injured veteran himself — he lost his leg after an IED exploded in Afghanistan — but none of the money was for him. The impulse that caused him to join the Marines still runs through him. He lives to help others. He raised more than $120,000, which is not a million, but it’s a hell of a lot more than he would have raised if he had sat on his couch feeling sorry for himself.
Time for a C-Gar