At 35, John Abraham steps into mentor role for Cardinals
John Abraham is currently the NFL’s active leader in sacks. After being cut by the Atlanta Falcons during the off-season, he signed a two year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Abraham has had an illustrious career, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t had his share of road blocks the last 13 years.
Back when he was drafted by the Jets and was rising to stardom as a young stud player fresh out of college, the New York night life was consuming him. Although he remained productive on the field, he was in a dark place off the field. Things came to a boiling point when he was ticketed for DUI. After going through several self-help books and getting it together mentally, spiritually, and physically, Abraham became a better man and is now imparting his wisdom to the Cardinals locker room.
Via USA Today:
“It was just by chance, I guess, that it happened to be him, but I was reading that book, and it really started getting to me. So I started reading more books and more books and more books.
“I couldn’t put ’em down.”
Abraham found peace and a greater sense of self-worth in every page. The words spoke volumes to him on various issues, from being a better man, a more humble man, and a more appreciative man who is willing to help others.
The books and their teachings have stuck with him over the years and remain a focal point in his life, even today as a 35-year-old member of the Arizona Cardinals.”
Abraham wasn’t happy about being cut by the Falcons, because even at his age he has been a good player. He shows no signs of slowing down and plans to show the league he can still play – but his biggest impact may be as a mentor rather than on the field.
“He’s had several private talks with defensive end Calais Campbell, a good player Abraham wants to see become great. He’s also become a mentor to left tackle Levi Brown, who has been forced to compete for a starting spot for the first time in his career.”
Then of course, there’s the talented but troubled Cardinals rookie, Tyrann Mathieu, the Honey Badger. Mathieu has been the talk of the team with his performance thus far. It’s great to see Abraham stepping up and helping out the younger guys so they won’t find themselves in the place that he once was.
You may not see what Abraham does in the media, but that’s okay with him. Now his ultimate aspiration is ending up in the Hall of Fame. But we’ll have to wait for that one, because he can still play, and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to change anytime soon.