OREGON – Former NFL player Sean Considine had a message for Oregon High School students Monday: Get involved.
Considine, of Byron, played eight seasons in the NFL, and was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
Monday afternoon, he helped students kick off the district's second annual Relay for Life cancer fundraiser, to be held Sept. 13, with a motivational speech.
"Through football, I had the chance to get involved with many great causes, including Relay for Life," the 2000 Byron High grad said. "Getting involved like you are doing is something I encourage you to do throughout your lives."
This is the second year the Oregon School District will host a Relay for Life event, started at the high school to encourage student involvement in community service.
This year's event is districtwide, and high school students will have the opportunity to work with junior high and elementary students. The goal is to have each student complete 20 hours of community service.
Considine's success, he said, came from two things: His work ethic, and the people in his life.
"I built my life around my work ethic and the people around me," he said. "I was committed to being the hardest worker I could. Not just in football, or the weight room, but in the classroom."
His parents, family, friends, and coaches all have helped Considine with his journey in life, he said, and winning the Super Bowl was the ultimate example of what can be achieved when people work together toward the same goal.
Now the Oregon students have the opportunity to have that same type of success.
"What you are doing with Relay is a great example of the power of the people," he said. "You are coming together to raise money. The sky is the limit."