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John Abraham taking responsibility for family members

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We’ve told you thins week about Falcons defensive end John Abraham’s adjustment to a new defense.

But the most impressive thing he’s done this offseason has nothing to do with football.

Abraham has taken in three of his nephews and the mother of two of them into his household, to try to get his relatives back on the right path.

In a great story by D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Abraham details the reasons for helping his relatives. Citing the influence of his grandmother (who took in his cousins and others), Abraham said it was part of his responsibility since he remembers growing up without a father around.

“When I was younger, I probably couldn’t do this,” Abraham said. “But just seeing my grandma taking my cousins in and everybody else in when they were doing bad and all of that stuff, I feel like I was comfortable doing it.

“I feel like I’m old enough and can handle it. I can juggle both.”

Abraham’s pumping the brakes on his nephews’ requests to play football, as he wants them to concentrate on getting their grades in order, and learning a little responsibility by keeping their rooms clean and doing chores around the house.

And having turned down other offers this offseason to stay close to home with the Falcons, Abraham feels better able to look after his own, and pass along the lessons he learned the hard way during his own youth.

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6 Responses to “John Abraham taking responsibility for family members”
  1. natelan69 says: Jun 22, 2012 4:29 PM

    Ethic Win.

  2. aigraiders says: Jun 22, 2012 4:30 PM

    Very good for Mr. Abraham. And a good call on holding off on football until the kids learn some proper manners and responsibilities.

  3. monosylab1k says: Jun 22, 2012 4:36 PM

    Nice gesture, but I give way more credit to his grandmother than I do to him and his millions.

  4. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 22, 2012 4:59 PM

    Man, it sure is nice to read about NFL players doing the right thing. I know it happens, but isn’t as newsworthy as a DUI, sexual assaults, or so-called bounty scandal.

  5. granadafan says: Jun 22, 2012 5:02 PM

    Good for Abraham. Most inner city kids are prone to criminal activity mainly because their communities tolerate criminals and the absence of discipline or stability in the family home. So many men like Revis or TO father kids but have ZERO interest in making sure the kids are raised right. Abraham’s nephews need discipline in their lives right now otherwise we the taxpayers will soon be paying to keep them in prison. Kudos to John Abraham.

  6. chris6523 says: Jun 22, 2012 6:02 PM

    Well done, Mr. Abraham. I don’t care how rich you are, to open your home to people when you aren’t obligated is a great sacrifice. He could easily have just thrown a little bit of money at this problem and stopped worrying about this. Instead, he is taking ownership of the situation the result of this is going to be three fine young men when it could have easily gone the other way.

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