By Robert McGovern
Captain Robert McGovern epitomizes all that's correct and sturdy in the US. certainly one of 9 young children growing to be up in a brand new Jersey kinfolk, he made neighborhood headlines as a highschool soccer phenom prior to changing into a celeb linebacker for the Kansas urban Chiefs, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the hot England Patriots. while his illustrious NFL occupation was once over, he earned a legislation measure from Fordham college and went to paintings for the recent York urban district attorney's place of work. From that vantage aspect he witnessed close-up the autumn of the dual Towers on that world-altering morning in September 2001—an occasion that encouraged him to go away public existence and sign up for the U.S. military to higher serve the rustic he loves. As an army prosecuting lawyer, Captain McGovern has steered battlefield commanders on criminal ideas of engagement in Afghanistan and has prosecuted suspected terrorists in Iraq. A committed soldier and a guy of religion who has been at the entrance traces of the battle on Terror—both at domestic and within the center East—Captain Robert McGovern is a unprecedented American with a impressive and demanding tale to tell—one that each American must listen.
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Additional info for All American: Why I Believe in Football, God, and the War in Iraq
Although he eventually made his way back up to detective, his career in the department never went anywhere because he refused to play the game. Years later, he wound up leaving the force and running the welfare office in West New York. As the county “poor master,” he provided help and assistance to people in need in Hudson County. My mom still recalls how my grandfather would often bring welfare recipients home with him to join his family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even Easter dinner. “They had nowhere else to go,” he would say.
I’m talking about our parents, brothers, sisters, family, and friends who inspire us by their devotion, personal sacrifice, and undying loyalty to the ones they love—us. These are the people who deserve our praise and admiration. They’re the people the media ought to be talking about. These are the people whose stories you ought to know. Why you don’t is a question I can’t begin to answer. Or maybe I can. As a young boy growing up in New Jersey, as an NFL linebacker, as a prosecutor in Manhattan, and as an Army officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, I have had the rare privi- Our Defining Moment ★ 29 lege and opportunity to observe these unsung heroes who walk among us every day.
We don’t watch the nightly news coverage of crime-plagued cities with an eye toward abandoning them and relocating their entire populations somewhere else. Whenever we are engaged in a war, we are simultaneously engaged in an important debate over the propriety of that war. Today is no different. We must decide if our military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are worth continuing. The media today figure prominently in that debate—a debate that will direct the future course of our nation and impact the lives of millions of Americans.