During a time when it seems like the racial divide is growing deeper and deeper in Obama’s America, with white people being attacked by mobs of blacks during riots simply for being white and professional athletes protesting against the American flag because they say “it represents a country that oppresses black people,” it is refreshing to see a prominent black athlete pay public homage to Arnold Palmer, arguably the greatest professional golfer who ever lived.
On Sunday night, when the Pittsburgh Steelers played the Kansas City Chiefs, Steelers star wide receiver Antonio Brown wore special shoes to honor Arnold Palmer.
Sunday night vibes ! The KING !! 🏌👑 pic.twitter.com/MxZe9QzAZn
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) September 30, 2016
Brown spoke with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler about the legacy of Arnold Palmer and the impact he had on people.
“A guy like Arnold, his legacy and what he meant not only to the world, but to Latrobe, to Pennsylvania, his legacy will live on. An inspiring guy. I’m glad I got a moment to share with him.”
Brown considered Palmer to be both an inspiration in the field of both business and sports. Upon news of Palmer’s death, Brown tweeted a video of the day he was blessed to meet Arnold Palmer.
Blessed to meet the legend Arnold Palmer ! His tenacity on the course + in business is so inspirational !!
— Antonio Brown (@AntonioBrown) September 26, 2016
During his conversation with ESPN, Brown also explained his decision to wear shoes each week dedicated to someone inspiring.
“Every week, I’m going to try to keep some motivation or put a picture of somebody that means the most to me or inspires me to keep me encouraged. I’m definitely going to follow the rules in regards to sticking to the team color.”
Those who seek to divide along racial lines can learn a thing or two from Antonio Brown, whose faith is very obviously a big part of who he is. With his homage to Palmer and his tweets, he focuses not on a difference in skin color but rather seeing another accomplished human being and drawing inspiration from their life story and achievements.