Mark Anthony DiBello
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- Los Angeles, XX
My athletic career began at birth, with a God-given natural ability and like many children, playing ball with my dad. At age 8, I won my first athletic competition: the traditional Punt, Pass and Kick at the local Ford dealership. In the following years; I won, placed, or showed in that competition until my eligibility expired. In grade school, I excelled in virtually every sport: football, basketball, baseball and track and field; I also participated in intramural volleyball, wrestling, golf, tennis, and even dodge ball and bowling; rolling my first 200-game (201) as a 13-year-old. In High School, I earned a total of 12 letters, playing football (center, receiver, punter, and safety), basketball (center, forward, and guard), baseball (first base) and running track and field (long jump and triple jump; at one point, breaking the school record). In my senior seasons; I made multiple All-Area football teams and lead my area (63 schools) in receiving. In basketball, I made the league All-Star team, and in baseball led my team in batting and fielding. I turned down regional football scholarship offers and an opportunity to play basketball and Minor League baseball to attend a local junior college. At Hudson Valley Community College, I played football (receiver) before being injured in my first game as a starter. I also played baseball (first base), hitting a homerun in my first collegiate at-bat before becoming injured. At the University of Miami, I "walked-on" (tight-end and wide-receiver) for Head Coach, Howard Schnellenberger before missing a season due to the death of my mother. I then "walked-on" again, for the National Champion Miami Hurricanes, playing for Head Coach Jimmy Johnson and coaches Butch Davis and Marc Trestman; and with Heisman Trophy winner, Vinny Testeverde; and Hall-of-Famers Jim Kelly and Michael Irvin. Ultimately, I earned a scholarship before being declared ineligible. I then played two seasons of Semi-Pro football. My playing days ended with an injury during a try-out for the Anaheim, California Arena Football team. I attribute any athletic achievements I may have had or will have to Almighty God, genetics and practice.
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- 02:08 PM ET 04.15
This is an article I submitted to a writer at the Star-Telegram of Fort Worth, Texas, warning against the spiritual ramifications of the NRA sponsoring a NASCAR race. This man (ironically sharing the name of a famed Christian singer) and his suicidal gun death was predictable (http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/04/14/4774398/saginaw-man-fatally-shoots-self.html#storylink=cpy)....
I am a media coordinator and producer for my group. I also do a lot of ministry work;
so I am against things like alcohol, tobacco, and firearms. I am also against terrorism.
However, I am a big fan of NASCAR…
- 04:11 PM ET 02.17
I am a long-time fan of the league and have worked in it at times. I understand everyone, everyone has thoughts about the league and it's hiring policies especially the players and black men and even women.Keep in mind, players are not in the position of hiring coaches or in the front office; that is not their job. The NFL is probably the greatest profession for black men in the world! I trust players are grateful they have a job in which a majority of black…
- 03:25 AM ET 02.12
With a safer NFL, especially regarding concussions on everyone's mind; I would like to offer some thoughts and solutions.
To begin, suicide is a spiritual problem; it may stem from physical imperfections or injuries; but not as the NFL or humans likely think. Again, suicide is a spiritual issue and all athletes and humans alike need to improve spiritually.
Now, regarding a safer and healthier game on a more tangible front; here are some suggestions on how the NFL can…
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