Alma mater honors Eagles' Weaver

Posted: August 30, 2010

Leonard Weaver, a 2010 Pro Bowl fullback who leads an active charity that works with inner-city youth, was honored by his alma mater, Carson-Newman College, on Saturday.

The small Tennessee school held Leonard Weaver Day to recognize his football career and charitable work.

"It has been a long journey," said Weaver, who broke into the NFL as an undrafted free agent. "Obviously, God has blessed me in so many ways. To say you come from Division II, go to an all-pro, go to a Pro Bowl, that by itself is a crazy testimony, and I thank God for it."

He said his charity work, through the Leonard Weaver Family Foundation, is meant to give children something he didn't have growing up in Melbourne, Fla.

"We didn't have any professional athletes that came out of my neighborhood and came back and gave back, so I want all these kids to know . . . that they definitely have an opportunity of making wherever they want to go," said Weaver, 27.

Weaver was honored in a ceremony at halftime of Carson-Newman's Saturday game against Winona State. He also gave the team a pregame speech.

So what did the generous, giving fullback say? Wearing a red hat with an embroidered cross, he recounted:

"God has given you the gift to play, play to your full potential and go out there, and if you see something that's not wearing the color that you're wearing, bust his head open," Weaver said. "Those were my exact words."

Carson-Newman lost, 24-21.

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