Thursday, December 28, 2006

Delivering the Mail, On and Off the Court

Karl Malone had the nickname "The Mailman" when he played at Louisiana Tech and the Utah Jazz, but Dana John literally IS a mailman. He's also the leading scorer (17.7 points per game) for the New Jersey City University basketball team.

This mailman gig is not part-time job. John works a regular 12-8 AM shift to support his three- year-old son. The 26-year old also didn't play high school basketball, chosing instead to work a part-time job to help with his family's finances.

Gothic Knights' coach Charles Brown said about John "What’s nice about Dana is that he never asks for a day off,” said Brown. “He never says he’s tired or needs to do something – and I would give him time off in a minute. He always fulfills his responsibilities, and he’s one of the nicest young men that I’ve had the opportunity to coach. I have a lot of respect for him.”

A lot of today's prima-donna big-time athletes could learn a thing or three from Dana John.

Click here to read "Hard work paying off" on the NCAA's official website.


At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Jim said...

It seems as though Dana John is a great basketball player. Averaging 17.7 points a game is an incredible feat. in basketball. Maybe one day he can be another "Mail man" in the NBA and not just for his job. I love discovering new and upcoming talented athletes like Dana, and a great way to discuss unfound talents is on a site called Cyworld. There are a bunch of people out there that follow local talent, so it's cool to get in touch with people that are interested in the future of sports just like you are. Check it out at . You can also make your own minime, and customize your own minihome. You can also share photos, let people check out your sketchbook, and join clubs. I work with Cyworld, so I'm just giving you guys the heads up on a really cool site!


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