senior defensive end David Durham was highlighted in Sporting News
senior writer Matt Hayes' weekly "1st and 10" column on Wednesday.
Hayes calls Durham one of the "Good Guys" in college football and spotlights
his impressive community service work.
The Good Guys
The tents are still there, lining the horizon as far as you can see when the boat pulls into Port-au-Prince. Four years after the earthquake, they're still living in makeshift hovels in Haiti.
"It's not because they can't build homes," says Pitt DE David Durham. "It's because all the lives that were lost when those homes crashed down. They're safer in a tent."
While the offseason in college football was full of bad news -- double-digit arrest for sexual assault, the Air Force Academy scandal and alleged academic fraud at Notre Dame to highlight the lowlights -- it's time we celebrate those who do things the right way.
Welcome to the weekly Good Guy Award, where we honor those who, despite the rigors of playing football and going to school, have the time and desire to give back.
Durham's dad played at Ole Miss, his uncle played at Georgia Tech and the common goal with two generations of Durham men: pay it back. That's why David volunteers at the greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and why he helps local elementary school children during its after-care program.
And why earlier this spring, he hopped on a plane, flew to Haiti and got out of his comfort zone during a mission trip.
"We, as student athletes, have an obligation to give back," Durham said. "We have been given so much with this opportunity to go to school and play football. I truly believe we have a duty and responsibility to share that same blessing with others."