Wide Receiver Joe Anderson’s Dream

Joe Anderson / Instagram

Joe Anderson / Instagram

Joe Anderson has a dream, and he has been relentless in trying to follow it. He is a wide receiver who went undrafted out of Texas Southern University in 2012 but was able to catch on for a little while over the past few years with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. But he’s now a free agent, unsigned, and he wants a job badly. His old wide receiver job. So he went to the Houston Texans’ facility with a cardboard sign that read, “Not homeless … but STARVING for success. Will run routes 4 food.”

He posted a photo of himself (top) on Instagram, and it got picked up and went viral. It’s a great story, with many inspiring elements as told by SB Nation:

Joe Anderson Is Following a Dream, and It Took Him to the Texans’ Doorstep

Heroes Emerge From Boston Marathon Blast


So many stories coming of heroic people rushing immediately towards the source of the devastating bomb blasts, disregarding their own safety, to help others.

A roundup of these kinds of stories can be found, of all places, on the UK’s The Telegraph website.

Nick Woodman, 37: GoPro Billionaire

GoPro-ForbesAn inspiring business story from Forbes of the man behind the GoPro camera and how he became a billionaire by age 37: The Billionaire Behind GoPro: The World’s Hottest Camera Company.

He slept in his VW minivan, surfed, hit trade shows and kept improving on his idea. His first year sales were $350,000. In 2012 they were at $521 million, and the San Mateo, Calif. firm currently is valued at $2.25 billion.

Rick Monday’s Greatest Play

The scoreboard reads, “Rick Monday … You made a great play …”

And he did. This deserves to be remembered: Rick Monday’s Greatest Play

A Sister’s Idea to Help Her Dying Brother Leads to a Major Business Opportunity


The multi-million dollar business inspiration from a dying brother: The Story Behind RonWear.

A Great Act of Sportsmanship


Wonderful story from CBS Evening News: Mitchell Marcus big game

Richmond, Va., Man Inspired to a Career in Law and to Prosecute Violent Crimes

Often, the deepest, most moving form of inspiration is born out of tragedy. That is certainly the case in the story of Virginia Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Timothy Martin, who was 17 when he watched the man charged with his brother’s attempted murder and the murder of his brother’s girlfriend stand trial more than 17 years ago. Both victims were shot in the head. Martin’s brother survived, but the girlfriend did not.

Martin watched as prosecutor Learned Barry take command of the courtroom as he successfully sought conviction and a death sentence for the shooter. Martin got his law degree and sought out Barry as a mentor. Martin now seeks out and prosecutes violent cases for the Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Read all the details of this story in the Richmond Times Dispatch: Trial inspired career in court.

Inspired by a Daughter’s Love of Her Dad

A homecoming birthday surprise

You’ve probably seen the above video clip making the rounds on various TV news shows. We can’t ever get enough of these …
Young Girl Gets Surprise Birthday Present: Dad

Rep. Giffords Shares Special Bond with Veteran Invited to State of the Union

This story about an Iraqi War veteran who helped inspire Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ fight to come back from a devastating brain injury caused in a shooting just over a year ago is worth a read:

By Dustin Volz
Cronkite News
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

WASHINGTON – Just hours before the State of the Union address Tuesday, Brian Kolfage was in Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ office, reflecting on the determination and perseverance of the congresswoman.

“She’s a tough woman,” Kolfage said of Giffords, whose recovery from a 2011 shooting captivated the nation. “I know she’ll overcome it (her injuries) and she’ll be stronger.”

But before Giffords inspired the nation, Kolfage – who lost both legs and an arm in a 2004 mortar attack in Iraq – inspired her.

Read the entire story here: http://cronkitenewsonline.com/2012/01/giffords-shares-special-bond-with-veteran-invited-to-state-of-the-union/